Plans for a sequel to the 2012 hit Magic Mike are moving forward at Warner Bros. with the tentative title Magic Mike XXL. Today, Channing Tatum spoke with GQ about the sequel, revealing that Steven Soderbergh will still be involved creatively.
“I lobbied probably harder than anybody else,” Tatum says of trying to get Soderbergh out of his directorial retirement. “We had many, many nights of heated debate. I was, ‘I don’t f–ing get it! Why?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t need it.’ “
“I want to be there,” Soderbergh adds, “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.”
Greg Jacobs will be sitting in the director’s chair instead with Soderbergh serving as cinematographer and editor.
Tatum goes on to hint at the plot of the sequel, which is said to focus on conventions Tatum attended during his years working as a stripper.
“It’s an incubator for insanity,” says Tatum of a convention he attended in Raleigh, North Carolina. “It doesn’t matter almost what you do onstage. I don’t want to put anything in black and white on a page, but if you’ve been to one, you know how crazy it gets, and now pour kerosene on that. You’ve seen ‘Magic Mike’. Now multiply that. Mob mentality. It’s just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane.”
Although no official announcements have been made as of yet, most of the cast from the original film is expected to be returning.