Magic Mike was able to draw in huge numbers this past summer thanks in part to the appeal of hot sexy male dancers taking the stage and stripping off their clothes. But Steven Soderbergh made a deeper film that showed that some male strippers have dreams off the dance floor. So while the film looks like it may stop at one, Channing Tatum thinks that there are more stories to tell, and wants to direct a sequel.
In an interview with German film site Filmstarts, writer Reid Carolin and Tatum spoke about the ideas they have for Magic Mike 2 and who could be filling the director’s chair now Soderbergh, is retiring.
Channing Tatum has been a very busy man this year. He’s been pushing films for The Vow and 21 Jump Street, and would have been doing so for G.I. Joe: Redemption had it not been for Paramount’s rescheduling. Now with Magic Mike out of the way, Tatum is talking about a sequel.
In an interview with Glamour UK, Tatum responded to the question about the possibility of a Magic Mike 2 with a resounding, “Yes, yes, and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.”
Magic Mike Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Reid Carolin
Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn
Rated R | 110 Minutes
Release Date: June 29, 2012
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Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Haywire, The Girlfriend Experience), based on a screenplay by Reid Carolin. The film stars Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) as Michael “Magic Mike” Lane, an entrepreneur-slash-stripper in Tampa, Florida.
Adam (Alex Pettyfer) is a down-and-out slacker who, after losing his football scholarship, moves in with his sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). To make ends meet, Adam answers a CraigsList ad and gets a job at a local construction company where he meets Mike. Mike’s a busy guy – he’s got his own automotive detailing service, he makes custom-made furniture, and still finds time to do ultra-manly construction work when he isn’t stripping.
Because he’s a slacker, Adam quits on his first day and catches a ride home with Mike, who introduces him to the world of exotic dancing. Co-starring in Soderbergh and Carolin’s stripped-down story are Matt Bomer (In Time) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood) as male dancers working under Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), owner of Tampa’s Xquisite Male Dance Revue.
Who better to do a film about male strippers than Stephen Soderbergh, right?
That’s exactly what the director plans on working on in the coming future, and with the cast growing at an ever speedy rate, the Soderbergh’s low budget Magic Mike appears to be one of the hotter projects going around Hollywood.
The Playlist has revealed that actress Cody Horn has been tapped for the film’s female lead, and will play opposite the likes of Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Riley Keough.