One of the best films of 2012 so far is a movie about male strippers. I’m dead serious. With Magic Mike, director Steven Soderbergh crafted a movie that works wonderfully both as an entertaining ensemble and as an introspective, sad portrait of the reality of the American Dream. Matthew McConaughey gives one of the best performances of his career, and Channing Tatum continues his 2012 streak of proving that he’s a genuinely talented guy. Though we already know that Tatum and Jonah Hill are developing a sequel to 21 Jump Street, and Tatum recently revealed that he’s working on a stage musical adaptation of Magic Mike with Soderbergh, the actor now says that he’s also developing a feature film sequel to Magic Mike. Hit the jump for more.
“Yes, yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.”
As great as it is, Magic Mike doesn’t immediately lend itself to a sequel—at least where the Mike character is concerned. It’s possible that the follow-up could be focused on the strip club characters, with McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer stepping up to lead roles. This is the first we’ve heard of the sequel, so that quote is essentially all that’s known at this point. Moreover, Soderbergh has his impending “sabbatical” coming up so it’s unlikely that he’d come back to direct. That said, Magic Mike has already made over $70 million against a budget of just $7 million, so a follow-up is incredibly attractive financially.
Loosely based on Tatum’s own experiences as a young up-and-comer, Magic Mike was written by Tatum’s friend and producing partner Reid Carolin. Since they’re close, one assumes that Carolin is the one who’s been working on the concept with Tatum. Carolin recently committed to writing the screenplay for an Evel Knievel biopic that Tatum will produce and star in. Hopefully we hear more details regarding this Magic Mike 2 soon.