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Last month, it was reported that master of disaster Roland Emmerich ('The Day After Tomorrow') was putting together a new film entitled 'White House Down' about a paramilitary organization that seizes control of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. No one was really shocked by this news as Emmerich's relationship with historic and important landmarks, including the White House, has been a bit fiery in the past; see 'Independence Day' for reference...and just for fun. 'White House Down,' written by 'Amazing Spider-Man' scribe James Vanderbilt, was purchased by Sony for a considerable fee, but who would star? Well it now seems as if the studio is talking to Channing Tatum about occupying that lead role. Tatum would play a secret service agent/single dad who must save the president when the crap hits the fan. The studio is purportedly moving very quickly to finalize this deal as another terrorists-take-over-the-White-House flick is simultaneously in development at Millennium: Antoine Fuqua's 'Olympus Has Fallen,' which is currently set to star Gerard Butler. That may explain why the production start date was moved up from this fall to this summer.
Channing Tatum, eh? Hmmm. On the one hand, he's kind of a cardboard cutout masquerading as a movie star. On the other hand...'21 Jump Street.' He did such a stellar job in that film, also for Sony, that he actually earned a lot of goodwill from me. Also, this movie sounds like it is exactly within his wheelhouse. Hell, it sounds like an established plot element from 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' that got its own movie simply by removing the word "Cobra" from the equation. Without getting too backhanded about it, I guess what I'm saying is that there is no way Tatum can drag down the potential of a Roland Emmerich White-House-based action movie. And I'm sorry, there are now two projects with this conceit in the works? I don't which sounds more primed for disaster, nor which will ripoff 'Die Hard' more blatantly.
What do you guys think? Is Tatum right for this role? Which of the two White House action flicks are you more interested in?