Channing Tatum: Will he direct 'Magic Mike 2'?(Read article summary)
Channing Tatum said in an interview that he could be interested in taking the director's chair for a possible sequel to the film. Channing Tatum will also star in June's 'White House Down.'
Weâ€™ve said it before, but it bears repeating: you donâ€™t have to like Channing Tatum as an actor, but through his charismatic performances in The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike â€“ not to mention, Tatumâ€™s solid supporting role in Haywire â€“ heâ€™s already proven to be more than just a disposable pretty boy.
Tatumâ€™s lined up an eclectic collection of roles for the foreseeable future, such as a reunion with Haywire and Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh on The Bitter Pill, the part of Olympian Mark Schultz in Moneyball director Bennett Millerâ€™s Foxcatcher, and the lead in Roland Emmerichâ€™s thriller White House Down. Heâ€™s also been discussing the possibility of a Magic Mike 2 with writer/co-producer Reid Carolin â€“ and could even end up directing the sequel, should it happen.
Soderbergh is planning to take a (permanent?) break from filmmaking beginning next year, so he wonâ€™t be available to sit in the directorâ€™s chair for Magic Mike 2. Tatum tells German site Filmstarts that Soderberghâ€™s trusted assistant director and producer Gregory Jacobs â€“ whoâ€™s already helmed the films Criminal and Wind Chill â€“ could take his place. The actor also says heâ€™s interested (and willing) to try his hand at directing the sequel.
A sequel is tricky, as Magic Mike satisfies as a standalone film; moreover, Soderberghâ€™s deft photography, editing, and directing were essential in elevating the movie above its occasionally-cliched story. A sequel makes financial sense, as the film has grossed $155 million worldwide on a $7 million budget â€“ but itâ€™s also for that reason that, at first, Magic Mike 2 sounds like the latest Hollywood cash-grab (especially without Soderbergh involved).
Such issues have almost certainly occurred to Carolin and Tatum, which accounts for why the two are not rushing headfirst into a Magic Mike sequel â€“ regardless of who is brought onboard to direct, be it Jacobs or Tatum. The latter emphasizes that his priority concerning the continuation of the Magic Mike â€śbrand nameâ€ť right now is a Broadway stage show spinoff, not a film sequel (much less, one he makes his feature-length directorial debut on).
Nonetheless, even though Magic Mike 2 is not a priority, Tatum and Carolin are indicating the project is one they are giving serious consideration to. Here is what the latter says, with regards to the situation (and the duoâ€™s tentative outline for what form the sequel would take):
â€śYou know, we are talking a lot about it. We have a story, and it is really ridiculous and fun. Itâ€™s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. Itâ€™s more of a broad comedy. I donâ€™t know whether it will happen or not.â€ť
Magic Mike, as mentioned before, just doesnâ€™t organically lend itself to a followup â€“ be it a road trip comedy like Carolin suggests, or something else entirely. Still, it is encouraging to learn that Tatum wants to continue growing as a professional artist, both onscreen and behind the camera. As we said at the beginning of this article: he continues to prove that heâ€™s more than just a beefcake for moviegoers to ogle.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.