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Liam Neeson Eyes ‘Tell No One’ Remake & Channing Tatum Is ‘Struck By Genius’

Liam Neeson Eyes 'Tell No One' Remake & Channing Tatum Is 'Struck By Genius'

Moving along in fits and starts for years now, the remake/re-adaptation of “Tell No One” — based on the book by Harlan Coben, and turned into an excellent 2006 thriller by Guillaume Canet — has had some big names check it out. Ben Affleck was attached to direct for a while, and last year “Warrior” and “Pride & Glory” director Gavin O’Connor was linked for the job. But now, the project is being looked at by someone who knows what it’s like to have someone taken from them. (Sorry, had to).

Liam Neeson is being wined and dined to take the lead role in the movie, which has Chris Terrio (“Argo,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice“) penning the script. The simple yet effective plotline follows a doctor who, after his wife vanishes, is at first suspected of having murdered her, but then begins to receive clues that she may in fact still be alive. But it seems like this choice is almost too easy, and Neeson, at this point, brings with him a lot of associations and baggage thanks to his string of action flicks, that maybe aren’t well suited here. But if the script is good and the movie avoids turning into an action spectacle, perhaps this could work. But it’ll require Neeson taking the gig first.

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum is being “Struck By Genius.” Sony has acquired the rights to the Jason Padgett memoir about a man whose brain injury turns him into a math genius, and will be developing it as a Tatum-starring movie. Here’s the Amazon synopsis: 

No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.Yet Padgett wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.

The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.

We have a title suggestion: “Mathcatcher.” [Deadline/THR]

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