A major bidding war has erupted over a high-octane action comedy featuring Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Calamity Hustle has sparked strong interest from Warner Bros. and streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, with each vying to secure the rights to what promises to be a blockbuster team-up.
The Nee Brothers Directing
Calamity Hustle hails from the dynamic sibling duo Aaron and Adam Nee, whose directorial prowess shone brightly in the 2022 sleeper hit The Lost City. However, the Nee brothers are not just at the helm of the Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum project. They are also the masterminds behind the script, ensuring their unique vision permeates every frame of the action-packed movie.
Reynolds And Tatum Acting And Producing
Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum are not merely lending their acting talents to the project. They are also donning the producer’s hat through their respective Maximum Effort and Free Association banners. Joining them in the production realm is Kevin Walsh, currently basking in the glow of awards season recognition for Napoleon, along with the Nee brothers via their Persons Attempting banner.
A Bidding War
The intensity of the bidding war is reflected in the figures being thrown around. Warner Bros. reportedly made offers in the ballpark of $20 million for lead actors Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum. Netflix and Amazon collectively offered a jaw-dropping $50 million for the actors to divide as they see fit. The Nee brothers also stand to gain, with potential paydays ranging from $6 million to $8 million.The stakes were raised even higher when an offer of $175 million for the entire package, including above-the-line costs, came in on December 1. Despite the limited number of studios involved, the price tag of the project, including above-the-line costs, stands at nearly $55 million, which could make it a financial challenge for many production houses.
What Is Calamity Hustle About?
Starring actors Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum, Calamity Hustle follows a down-on-his-luck former Los Angeles detective turned private investigator, who, after a run-in with a ruthless crime lord, must embark on a mission to track down his estranged brother, responsible for meddling in a daring diamond heist.
While the premise is promising, sources suggest that the Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum project is still in its early stages, with the script likely to undergo further development. The Nee brothers have also been working on the much-anticipated Masters of the Universe feature. However, the project seems to be in a constant state of flux, parting ways with Netflix and negotiating a new with Amazon.
Reynolds And Tatum’s Upcoming Projects
Calamity Hustle’s stars are also busy with individual projects. Ryan Reynolds is filming Deadpool 3, which is set for release on July 26, 2024. Shawn Levy is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Zeb Wells, and Reynolds. The ensemble cast includes Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin, and Brianna Hildebrand, with a potential appearance from Jennifer Garner as Elektra.
Channing Tatum’s upcoming projects include the thriller P Island with Zoe Kravitz and Project Artemis with Scarlett Johansson. The latter is directed by Greg Berlanti from a script by Rose Gilroy.