Steven Soderbergh to Direct Channing Tatum in Male Stripper Story

April 29, 2011
Source: Deadline

Male Stripper / Channing Tatum

Though we've heard that director Steven Soderbergh would be retiring following his work on the forthcoming Liberace biopic with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas and a big screen adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with George Clooney attached, it sounds like we might get one more film from him after all. Deadline has learned that Soderbergh has just committed to direct Channing Tatum in a film called Magic Mike, the story of a friendship that blossoms in the world of male strippers (calm down, ladies). Tatum will play the lead, titular character who shows a young dancer the ropes on/off the stage. Read on!

Apparently the story itself comes from Tatum's real-life experiences when he was a male stripper at the age of 19. Soderbergh said of the project, "When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard for a movie. I said I wanted in immediately. It's sexy, funny and shocking. We're using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we're on the right track." Tatum followed up saying, "This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn't be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven." Apparently the plan is to shoot this between the Liberace biopic and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. which could still turn out to be Soderbergh's last film. We'll see how that works out in a couple years, I suppose. Anyone interested?

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  • Good. I was worried that I wouldn't see a movie about male strippers next year.
  • Ron
    eh...channing tatum?? that too; possibly in a thong?? PASS!
  • Malin
    A comedy about male strippers starring Channing Tatum? I’ll be going on opening night with all my girls! Hahah.. freakin' fantastic, can't wait! Woooo!!! :)
  • Guest
    so this is a biography then?
  • Tatum worked as a stripper briefly before he became famous. He said in a recent interview with GQ that he had been shopping this idea around for a while now.
    • The demographic for this would seem to be so small that I'm surprised anyone bought into it. Imagine self-respecting women lining up asking for tickets for Banana Hammock the way. If this happens it will probably be received like Showgirls.
  • lmfao, the thing is, girls love sex and the city and those girls, will love this. im assuming there will be lines for the 'midnight' preview 😉
  • Circusninja25
    that guy is such a w!gger , icant stand him...saw trailer for his last movie eagle i thing about 2000 year old greek warriors or something....and he still sounds like a n!gger.....julius w!gger ceaser
  • Rynx
    I can't wait to see some Channing Tatum cock, and this is coming from a straight guy.
    • Djscontrino
      OMG that made me laugh so hard.... hahah
  • Lahirry
    I am going to vomit.
  • Dave!
    I already bought 4 tickets for this. One for me and 3 for my boner!!!
  • dont even know how serious I should take this but it sounds like a it could be a new guilty pleasure. Wanna see it with some girls and just have a proper girls night- yeah!!




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