Though it was known that the sequel of ‘Magic Mike’ will follow the first part, but now several more details were revealed: a title and a director.
According to sources familiar with the matter told reporters that the movie will go by the name of “Magic Mike XXL,” because no good male-stripper sequel can be called something stodgy like “Magic Mike 2.”
Greg Jacobs will helm the follow-up. Jacobs is the go-to assistant director for Steven Soderbergh, who directed the original movie, which means Jacobs has worked on “Erin Brockovich,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy and “Contagion.”
However, Steven Soderbergh is said to remain an executive producer of the sequel.
Channing Tatum told to the media back in July 2012 that the second part of the film was in the stage of production. He’s co-writing the script with Reid Carolin, who who was also responsible for the first movie. Tatum flirted at one point with taking over the director’s chair as well.
Shortly before the title and director were announced on Friday, Joe Manganiello told Collider that the “Magic Mike” follow-up will shoot this fall. “I think they’re going to announce it soon,” he said. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys.”
It looks like Tatum gets to relive his days as a male stripper one more time. He said of his past career, “Look, I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of it.”
“This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven,” Tatum continued.
“When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie,” the Magic Mike director, Steven Soderbergh, said of Tatum.
“I said I wanted in immediately. It’s sexy, funny and shocking. We’re using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we’re on the right track.”
“It was a crazy time in my life,” the actor told in one of her interviews. “I’m not ashamed of it, but I don’t know if I’m not proud of it. It was definitely a crazy part of my life, and I survived it.”
Tatum also revealed that he wanted to survive on his own and not have to rely on his parents, who, as it turns out, had no idea of their son’s occupation.
“They never knew,” Tatum confessed. “I never told them. I was like, ‘Ah, you know, I’m just working at this other job over here, over there.’ But my dad ended up having to find out when I did (‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’). I gave Ellen a lap dance.”
It seems like it’s too much for family secrets. But of course, as far as his wife, actress Jenna Dewan is concerned, it was never a secret.
“She married a stripper – kind of,” Tatum insisted. “She knew what she was getting into, and it was kind of a prerequisite that I would always, you know, give her dances if she wanted one.”