'Magic Mike 2' is Shooting This Fall, But Who's Directing This Time?
Last summer, we knew Magic Mike 2 was happening, but with Steven Soderbergh retiring from filmmaking, no one was sure who would direct. There was a chance that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin might step up to direct, and Soderbergh said he would help out as director of photography, but it sounds like the sequel is going with another name from behind the scenes of the original male stripper movie. The Playlist has learned that the film will be appropriately and hilariously called Magic Mike XXL, and first assistant director Greg Jacobs is stepping up to direct it. More below!
This isn't all that surprising, and it's not a choice out of left field, because Jacobs has been working with Soderbergh for years. Jacobs has been Soderbergh's go-to AD starting with King of the Hill and running through the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Out of Sight, Bubble, Erin Brockovich, Soliars, The Informant, Contagion, Haywire and more. Being an assistant director is the best way to get experience moving towards directing on you own, and he's even produced a lot of those films. But this won't be his first time as director either since he's also been at the helm of Criminal with John C. Reilly and Wind Chill with Emily Blunt.
While we would've liked to see what Tatum can do behind the camera, we're pretty sure he'll be busy shaking his ass and taking off his shirt in front of the camera, so this might not be the best film to make his directorial debut. In addition, fans won't have to wait too long to see the stripper sequel, because Joe Manganiello recently said the film is shooting this fall. There's likely an official announcement coming soon, but so far all we know is what Carolin said last year, "It’s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It’s more of a broad comedy." Stay tuned.