Evel Knievel lives! And he does so through Channing Tatum. Fresh off his Magic Mike buzz, Tatum has signed on to star in and produce a movie about the fearless stuntman for Columbia Pictures. Reid Carolin, who wrote Magic Mike (and is currently working on the stage adaptation), will write the screenplay, and Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who are pulling together Fifty Shades of Grey, will produce. One must assume that, unlike in the chaptastic, shirt-shredding Magic Mike, Tatum will keep his clothes — in this case, his star-spangled-banner jumpsuit — on during the majority of this film. Still, sounds like great news!
Kenny Powers was a 1970s stuntman who ghost-stunted for the more famous Canadian stuntman/daredevil Ken Carter during a famous failed jump in 1976. Ken Carter publicly promised to jump the Saint Lawrence River in a Lincoln Continental augmented with rockets; the process of building the car and ramp was documented in a Canadian documentary called The Devil at Your Heels. Carter got ABC to pay him $250,000 to broadcast the stunt on Wide World of Sports, but as the date approached, he realized the jump was likely impossible and chickened out. (Evel Knievel visited the site and personally judged the potential for success highly fucking unlikely.)