Ladies and gentlemen, I have some heartbreaking news: there will be no Magic Mike 3 (or XXXL, if you will) coming to movie theaters. Your weeping is understandable, but take heart! As actor/producer Channing Tatum reassures fans of the franchise, the next installment following Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL may not be on the big screen, but there will be ongoing performances both on the Broadway stage and in Las Vegas venues.
At Cannes Lions, Tatum spoke about the plans for the Magic Mike franchise while also building up the brand for his own creation: his new vodka, labeled Born & Bred. THR took notice and listened when Tatum shared details for the future of Magic Mike, as well as his own acting career, which include a slowdown on the acting side and a foray into directing sooner than later.
Here’s what Tatum had to say about Magic Mike 3:
“The third installment will be the show, and I think it has to evolve past these guys. The first one was about Mike, the second one was about the guys and I think the third one is really about man and woman having a conversation about sex and themselves and who we all are. That’s the next step I would like to take with the story.”
And that step will be explored in a Broadway musical and a Las Vegas dance show. Each adaptation will bring a different style of performance, likely aimed at different audiences with some crossover potential. Tatum played coy when it came to the identity of the “brilliant, brilliant” director attached to the Broadway show, but mentioned that they’re currently working on the script:
“It’s tough, because you don’t want to just come out with all this stuff. We are slowly boiling down [ideas] to see which one works.”
The shift to producing and plans to direct mean that he’ll be “slowing down the acting side,” which affords him the opportunity to branch out to try other creative endeavors, like his vodka brand.
“Once I start repeating stuff I just get bored. I start to not be as connected to it. I haven’t really overthought the scope in which I have started to push the boundaries and step out of acting.”
Good for Tatum, not great for his fans, but at least there’s more Magic Mike to come, even if it’s not going to be in movie theaters or on home video. Are you going to seek out the new versions? Let us know in the comments!
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