If Channing Tatum Directs 'Magic Mike 2,' Soderbergh Will Shoot It
Last summer, following the success of Magic Mike, an unlikely sequel went into development with some elements that were apparently cut out of the first film. Channing Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin said, "It’s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It’s more of a broad comedy." As it stands, Tatum and Reid might co-direct the film, but they also might let producer Greg Jacobs be at the helm instead. However, if Tatum and Reid take the job, director Steven Soderbergh, who is basically retiring, has offered to help out by working as their director of photography.
In an interview with THR, Tatum talks about their potential directing gig saying, "Right now, we're just trying to clean up the story, and then we'll make a decision. But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. Steven has argued [for us to do so]. He has said he would shoot it; he would DP it." Of course, that sounds like a great idea for a collaboration and a great way to pass the torch. But Tatum is also worried about directing his first movie in the shadow of a filmmaker like Soderbergh, and he explains his respectful caution about working with Soderbergh in that way:
"Because he is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
Sounds pretty daunting. But this sounds like it would definitely be Tatum's film, and it wouldn't really have the same tone as the first film. Tatum reiterates Carolin's thoughts on the sequel and elaborates, "It will be a road-trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama, The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences." Considering how fun the first movie was already, even with the drama, we're hoping this doesn't get too crazy. Stay tuned.