Channing Tatum May Direct Road Trip Comedy Sequel to 'Magic Mike'
When the calendar first turned to 2012, who could have predicted it would be the year of Channing Tatum? He caused the ladies to swoon in The Vow early in the year and scored a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, but he was just getting started. His surprisingly hilarious performance in 21 Jump Street earned the Step Up star a new group of fans, and then Magic Mike, the male stripper film based on his own experiences, went on to make well over $100 million worldwide. In an interview with Filmstarts (via The Playlist), Tatum says that he might be up for making his directorial debut with the sequel. Read on!
There's been talk of adapting Magic Mike as a Broadway show, which certainly seems to be a no-brainer and the arena that Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin are concentrating on the most right now. But might we see a film sequel to the story of the Florida stripper who loves building furniture on the side? Tatum tells Filmstarts that he and Carolin may co-direct the project since Soderbergh is stepping down from directing following the completion of Behind the Candelabra. Carolin spoke to Allocine about the concept:
We have a story, and it is really ridiculous and fun. It’s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It’s more of a broad comedy. I don’t know whether it will happen or not.
Aside from some solid performances, most of the reason Magic Mike worked so well was because of Steven Soderbergh's direction. Has Tatum picked up enough directing tricks to slide behind the camera and direct himself as the strippers reunite? And where would they go? The drive from Tampa to Miami isn't exactly a far trek, so it remains to be seen what kind of adventures are in store for Magic Mike 2: Even Magic-ier. This seems to be very early in the process, so you can expect to see more stripping on Broadway before Tatum heads back to the big screen and reprises this role. Do you want to see a Magic Mike sequel?