Channing Tatum To Star In MGM Remake Of ‘System Crasher’

According to Deadline, MGM have acquired the remake rights to critically acclaimed 2019 German drama System Crasher, and have secured Channing Tatum to star.

Tatum will also produce the film along with his Free Association partners Reid Carolin & Peter Kiernan, with Michael Parets overseeing. MGM’s Elishia Holmes, who championed the project, will oversee for the studio. Free Association’s Garret Levitz will write the script.

The original film revolves around a young girl with a traumatic past. Constantly moving between child-services homes because of her aggressive behavior, she’s labeled a ‘system crasher’ and seen as a hopeless cause.

That’s until she gets paired with a caring but tough anger-management coach. They form an unlikely bond, and he helps her helps her find peace by reconnecting her with nature and also nurturing her passion for boxing.

Nora Fingscheidt wrote and directed the original, and she will serve as an executive producer on the remake along with Peter Hartwig, and Jonas and Jakob Weydemann, who also produced the original.

Fingscheidt recently directed drama The Unforgivable for Netflix, and is currently working on The Outrun with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role.

This will be the third film under the new overall deal between Free Association and MGM, with the first being the just-released Dog, Tatum’s directorial debut alongside Reid Carolin. The second will be Zoe Kravitz‘s directorial debut, Pussy Island.

The original System Crasher was a commentary on the German pedagogic system and an overall unconventional film. We’ll see if the American remake dials that back and perhaps shifts the focus to something more like a heartwarming relationship between the girl – named Bernadette in the German film – and her coach.

We’ll see how this remake turns out. Keys will be getting the right child actor alongside Tatum and a director willing to make the film ask the tough questions its German version did.

Tatum can currently be seen in cinemas in the aforementioned Dog. His next project is a starring role in romantic action-comedy The Lost City alongside Sandra Bullock.


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