Soderbergh Getting Behind the Camera & Editing 'Magic Mike XXL'
Last summer, when Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin were considering getting behind the camera to make their directorial debut with Magic Mike XXL, director Steven Soderbergh was ready to offer his assistance as director of photography. Now even though the original film's first assistant director Greg Jacobs will be at the helm, Soderbergh will be offering help anyway. Speaking with GQ, Tatum revealed that after pleading with the director to return in the same capacity for the sequel, Soderbergh decided to still be part of the production as director of photography and also the film's editor.
Tatum told the magazine (via The Film Stage):
“It’s super complicated, in my opinion, why he wanted to stop doing film. I lobbied probably harder than anybody else—we had many, many nights of heated debate. I was, ‘I don’t fucking get it! Why?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t need it.’”
Soderbergh himself told the magazine, “I want to be there, but I don’t want to be the director. I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don’t want to be the frontman this time.” That lines up with Soderbergh's recent desire to retire, and after directing Behind the Candelabra, it appears he's really taking a step back as a filmmaker, but isn't beyond helping his friends out. So this film will still very much look like a Soderbergh film, but we'll see if Jacobs has the same skill behind the camera to follow Magic Mike in style while still making it his own film. Magic Mike XXL arrives July 3rd, 2015.