Channing Tatum To Possibly Helm Magic Mike Sequel
The actor suggests he may step behind the lens for the follow-up to the hit flick.
Fitting into that rare category of film which proved to be both a critical and commercial hit, Magic Mike has definitely been one of the year’s best surprises. And while it may not necessarily warrant one on grounds other than box office, talk has naturally turned to a sequel.
With Steven Soderbergh seemingly holding tight to his plan to go on hiatus after wrapping his biopic on celebrated pianist Liberace, Behind The Candelabra (and likely undeterred to break that stance to helm the Magic Mike sequel), Tatum has revealed that he could possibly make his directorial debut with the follow-up, working alongside writer and producing pal Reid Carolin.
Tatum has certainly had considerable time on set to learn from Soderbergh with the pair having collaborated on the action thriller Haywire and the to-be-released crime drama, The Bitter Pill, as well as Magic Mike, which the pair largely funded together.
Plans, however, are far from concrete with Tatum suggesting that Gregory Jacobs, the long term assistant director of Soderbergh and the filmmaker behind the 2004 crime caper, Criminal, and the 2007 horror thriller, Wind Chill, could take the reins as well.
As for where the sequel may go? It’s been suggested by Carolin that it may take the shape of a road trip film, which sees a group of male strippers re-unite and adhere to a more broad comedy tone.
For now, Tatum seems focused on producing a Broadway version of the hit.