Channing Tatum Sparks To John

New Line Cinema has snapped up screen rights to another Nicholas Sparks bestseller, “Dear John,” and attached Channing Tatum (“Step Up,” “She’s The Man”) to star reports Variety.

The story follows a soldier home on leave who falls hard for a gorgeous but conservative college student. Though they plan to wed, time and distance take a toll on their commitment to each other.

It’s the second Sparks title acquired by New Line, which turned “The Notebook” into a sleeper hit. Sparks is a fan of Tatum, and his casting selection apparently swayed him into closing the deal.

Sparks also penned the books “A Walk to Remember” and “Message in a Bottle” which proved profitable films. Richard Gere and Diane Lane are re-teaming for an adaptation of Sparks novel “Nights in Rodanthe” at Warners.