Channing Tatum Confirms Less Plot, More Stripping In ‘Magic Mike 2’

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Hey ladies, remember when you went to go see Magic Mike with all your girlfriends and the whole audience was struggling to bridle its feelings of lust? It was tough. But the struggle doesn’t end there. No, my female friends, it will continue — with Magic Mike 2.

Channing Tatum has said that the sequel to the movie that had us all flustered (and slightly confused as to why Kevin Nash was there) is currently in development. Only this time there won’t be so much plot interrupting the stripping we’re all really there for.

“It will be a road-trip movie,” Tatum told The Hollywood Reporter, “and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences.”

That’s what we want to hear. Swing away, Channing. Swing away.

Another change is that Steven Soderbergh, who directed Magic Mike, will not be directing the sequel. Tatum said that either he and his producing partner Reid Carolin will direct, or they’ll have Greg Jacobs direct. Tatum is considering having Soderbergh as the director of photography, but that would bring it’s own challenges.

“Because he is such an opinionated and talented man,” Tatum said, “if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don’t want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you.”

So Tatum still has some decisions to make about Magic Mike 2, but whatever happens, you can bet we’ll all be at the theater, probably more than once.

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