Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: Star-Producer Channing Tatum Ditches Project at Weinstein Co.

In yet another fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, star Channing Tatum is ditching his film adaptation of “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” at the Weinstein Company.

The actor-producer announced Wednesday in a statement with producing partner Reid Carolin that they are halting development on the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2013 novel — which focuses on a teenager who plans to kill his best friend and then himself following experiences of sexual abuse. The pic would have marked their co-directorial debut. Tatum also said he’s cutting ties with TWC, which has fired Weinstein and kicked him off its board in the wake of the far-reaching controversy.

Tatum posted the statement on his social media pages. He credited the women who have stepped forward since the scandal erupted on October 5, after the  explosive New York Times story.

“Our lone project in development with TWC — Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ — is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse,” he said. “While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out — let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture.”

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