Channing Tatum Says 'Magic Mike' Sequel is Already Being Developed
Well, this isn't all that surprising. Following the box office success of the male stripper film from Steven Soderbergh, the Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has some good news for fans of the ripped dudes shaking their asses in thongs and ripping off their shirts. In speaking with Glamour UK (via CelebBuzz), Tatum was asked about the possibility of a sequel, and he excitedly said, "“Yes, yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.” Penis jokes aside, with Soderbergh's impeding retirement and an ending that doesn't really lead into an obvious sequel, is this really necessary?
The studio is probably blinded by the fact that the film has made $75 million so far, an impressive feat for an R-rated film about a bunch of male strippers. But will the same numbers turn out for the sequel, or have women gotten their share of dude debauchery and dancing? Either way, it would like be much different than the first film unless the story focused on the rest of the male dancers like Alex Pettyfer. It's not clear, but since the film was based on Tatum's personal experiences before becoming a movie star, and had a script from his producing partner Reid Carolin (also writing the Evel Knievel film with Tatum in the lead), it's like they've figured something out. But it's up in the air as to whether Soderbergh would come back to direct Magic Mike's Eleven (that's what I'm calling the sequel) or someone else would have to direct. Interested?