He'll be squeezing into the red, white and blue leather jumpsuit and making the as-yet-untitled film with Iron Horse associate Reid Carolin, who wrote Magic Mike and has produced with Tatum in the past, via Tatum's own Iron Horse Entertainment. Carolin may also write the film - though this is speculation at this stage.
Also signed on to produce are Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti - the former worked on that other daredevil motorbiker franchise, Ghost Rider - and together the pair are also signed on for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. It may give us our first indication of the movies direction, with Tatum on board alongside these two, it could well be a hybrid of action and personal drama from a team of producers who look very capable of both.
The film is based on a retrospective book of the life of the charismatic but troubled thrill-seeker called "Life of Evel", written by Stuart Barker and released in 2008 after the star's death via natural causes in 2007.
Born Robert Craig Knievel in 1938, his biggest career moment arguably came as a result of the infamously failed Snake River Canyon jump, though he would continue to perform the most insane stunts and jumps for years after, becoming an idol for millions all over the world, a Guinness World Record holder (for most bones ever broken - 433), and one of the biggest stars in the world.