Channing Tatum to produce ‘the greatest ’80s Romanian cop show’

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Channing Tatum has had a very interesting career, starring in everything from Magic Mike to Step Up to Foxcatcher. Nothing, however, can match his latest project in terms of sheer randomness.

As you may have heard, the actor now heads a production outfit called Free Association, and according to Entertainment Weekly, the company is throwing its weight behind Romanian buddy cop comedy Iron Fisting.

The show’s wonderfully weird premise is as follows: Two mismatched cops try to defend their communist homeland from the evils of capitalism and the West. The idea was inspired by Miami Vice, but as far as we can tell, it sounds more like Starsky and Hutch for the Eastern Bloc.

The series will be shot in faux-’80s Romanian style — complete with bad dubbing into English — and it has already debuted its first poster, which you can check out below.

iron-fisting-poster

From the color scheme, to the Romanian writing, to the faces of the protagonists, this image is just all kinds of awesome. We doubt if anyone will argue that this is, in fact, “the greatest ‘80s Romanian cop show” because, well, how many contenders are there in that category?

No word yet on who will star in this series, who will broadcast it, when it will be released, or pretty much anything other than what we’ve just told you, but color us intrigued.

While we’re a tad disappointed that Tatum won’t be in front of the camera for the show — this could be a really fun project. Scribes Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, who collaborated on Animal Practice, are in charge of scripting the comedy, with Saturday Night Live alum Rhys Thomas set to direct.

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