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?