Channing Tatum will receive one of the highest salaries currently paid in Hollywood.
According to the specialized publication The Hollywood Reporter (THR), it is 25 million dollars to be the protagonist and one of the producers of “Red Shirt” (“Red Shirt”, in literal translation), a “thriller” of espionage for Amazon Prime Video vaguely described as a new take on the “James Bond” style, with the expectation that more movies will be made.
In part, the value is justified by the 42-year-old actor having proved his power as a movie star with the success of two films released during the pandemic: “Dog – The Adventure of a Lifetime” and “The Lost City” (2022). .
The salary puts him almost at the level of the highest paid actor in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio, to whom Netflix allegedly paid 30 million for “Don’t Look Up” (2021).
By comparison and still courtesy of Netflix, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot will have received 20 million each for “Red Notice” (2021), the same as Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans took home for “The Gray Man” (2022) .
For Channing Tatum, it will be one of his biggest salaries: the details of the agreement for the still unpublished “Magic Magic: The Last Dance” (2023) are not known, but it is said that he will have received around 22 million to participate in the box office failure “Ascensão from Jupiter (2015).
Amazon Prime Video will have paid more than 50 million just to secure the services of the main people involved in “Red Shirt”: there will be another 18 million for director David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde”, “Deadpool 2” and “Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw” and “Bullet Train”) and six for screenwriter Simon Kinberg.
According to THR, these salaries, which involve the function of producers, are among the highest, if not the highest, paid in Hollywood for an original proposal, making one of the highest paid screenwriters in the industry Simon Kinberg, to return to the genre where he was so successful with “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005).
The numbers are also justified with the compensation of streaming platforms for the absence of the usual bonuses related to the success of a film in cinemas.
THR points out that the project was initially quite coveted in Hollywood, but several interested parties “quickly” thought twice when they realized that it was an astronomical price in the current market context, whether for a traditional studio or a platform.
There are divergent sources about Netflix’s behavior: one source says it was in the race almost until the end, but another guarantees that it “quickly gave up”, which is considered a “worrying assessment of the market”, since it is the studio that has most overtaken the limits of budgets and salaries in recent years.
On November 23, the day before Thanksgiving in the US, Tatum made the decision to accept Amazon’s proposal.