Steven Soderbergh to Direct Channing Tatum in Male Stripper Story
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?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Good. I was worried that I wouldn't see a movie about male strippers next year.
Tyler Morgan on Apr 29, 2011
eh...channing tatum?? that too; possibly in a thong?? PASS!
Ron on Apr 29, 2011
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!!! 🙂
Malin on Apr 29, 2011
so this is a biography then?
Guest on Apr 29, 2011
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.
Michael Rennie on Apr 29, 2011
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 Movie....no way. If this happens it will probably be received like Showgirls.
Tyler Morgan on Apr 30, 2011
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 😉
Daniel Vu Tran on Apr 30, 2011
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
Circusninja25 on Apr 30, 2011
I can't wait to see some Channing Tatum cock, and this is coming from a straight guy.
Rynx on Apr 30, 2011
OMG that made me laugh so hard.... hahah
Djscontrino on May 1, 2011
I am going to vomit.
Lahirry on Apr 30, 2011
I already bought 4 tickets for this. One for me and 3 for my boner!!!
Dave! on Apr 30, 2011
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!!
Barbara Ruiz on May 2, 2011
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