Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from filmmaking has been tough to swallow for many reasons, not the least of which because he was so damn prolific over the past few years with some fascinating, challenging, and wildly different films. He hasn’t given up directing entirely as he recently helmed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax series The Knick, but he remains steadfast in his decision to steer clear of moviemaking—even when it comes to the highly anticipated Magic Mike sequel. Warner Bros. has already dated the follow-up—tentatively titled Magic Mike XXL—for next summer and Channing Tatum is hopeful that the entire cast will return, but it will be Tatum’s producing partner Gregory Jacobs in the director’s chair this time around instead of Soderbergh.
However, we now have confirmation that Soderbergh won’t simply be tangentially involved with Magic Mike 2. He will resume his duties as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on the sequel. Hit the jump for more, including Soderbergh’s thoughts on returning in this capacity.