For awhile now, Steven Soderbergh has discussed that he may be ready to move into retirement. The director has set released three feature films in the span of less than a year, and among them he has really had two hits both critically and at the box office. While he’s filming his next feature in New York right now with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum, it’s unclear just where Soderbergh remains on his possible departure. Now, it seems like Soderbergh may not be out the door just yet as Tatum has actually revealed that there may be more exotic dancing drama in theaters to come.
In an interview with Glamour U.K., when asked about a sequel to Magic Mike Tatum simply replied with ”Yes, yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.”
Right now, it’s unclear just who the “we” is that Tatum is referring to. He originally designed the first film with Soderbergh, and there’s a chance that the two could be working together once more. At this time the film is strictly in concept phase and has not been greenlit by Warner Brothers. However, it’s likely the studio will want to see just what kind of story Tatum and Soderbergh could come up with. If so, it’s also likely the original cast will also return along with scribe/producer Reid Carolin.
This is Tatum’s second sequel currently in development as Sony is currently at work on a second 21 Jump Street following the success of the hit comedy earlier this year. This also happens to be the second film of Soderbergh’s with a sequel currently in development as a follow-up to last year’s Contagionis currently also in concept phase. If Soderbergh eventually extends his plans before his retirement there’s a chance he could actually wind up directing both films, though nothing is set in stone yet.
Magic Mike was created for only $7 million after being co-financed by both Tatum and Soderbergh, with Warner Brothers picking up the rights following the feature’s one month in principal photography last fall. Since then, Magic Mike has already grossed an impressive $75 million with critics in favor of the drama as well.
We’ll keep you updated as the sequel status progresses.