As the kids would say, Channing Tatum is coming for your feels. All of the feels, if you will.
Tracking Board reports that Tatum and his Free Association production banner are set to produce a big-screen version of Matthew Logelin’s bestselling memoir, Two Kisses For Maddy. Tatum is also considering starring in the film, which will likely result in increased Kleenex and hankie sales around the time of its imminent release.
Saddled with one of the most evocative (and frankly, oddly spot-on) concepts in recent memory, Two Kisses For Maddy is billed as “50/50 meets Steel Magnolias,” a heart-wrenching and tear-stained tale about the bonds between father and daughter, big-time human tragedy, and (not kidding here) the power of blogging.
Logelin’s story caught national attention in 2008, when his blog (Matt, Liz And Madeline: Life And Death, All In A 27-Hour Period) picked up viral acclaim, turning his deeply personal story into something of a news sensation. Logelin’s wife, Liz, unexpectedly died hours after the birth of their first child, Maddy, a sudden and stunning loss that Logelin attempted to cope with by way of blogging about it. In 2009, Logelin quit his day job to move to India with Maddy (a country with deep significance to his relationship with Liz—the pair were engaged there), an adventure that spawned his book, a memoir that chronicles the Logelins’ relationship, along with Matt and Maddy’s first year without Liz.
The book was first optioned by Lifetime back in 2012, but this new feature effectively dismantles that planned outing (a made-for-television film). The film will be written by Dana Stevens (Safe Haven, Ever After, City Of Angels).
Not blubbering yet? Logelin’s book pulls its title from a nightly ritual: He gives Maddy two good night kisses, one from him and one from her mom.