Channing Tatum Might Direct ‘Magic Mike 2’

Channing Tatum is seriously considering stepping behind the camera for Magic Mike 2.

Steven Soderbergh is currently taking a break from the world of cinema, which means he’s unavailable to handle directing duties on the proposed sequel. However, it would appear the film’s star is strongly considering making his directorial debut with the follow-up.

According to Cinema Blend, Channing Tatum said Magic Mike 2 is still in the works. While the team works behind-the-scenes to “clean up the story,” the White House Down star said he might end up directing the project.

Tatum explained to The Hollywood Reporter:

Either [my producing partner] Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we’ll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the [2012] movie and has been Steven’s right-hand man for almost 25 movies. Right now, we’re just trying to clean up the story, and then we’ll make a decision.

Channing Tatum also revealed that Steven Soderbergh may come out retirement to serve as director of photography on Magic Mike 2. However, the actor had a few reservations about bringing the acclaimed filmmaker along for the ride.

“Because he is such an opinionated and talented man, 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,” Tatum explained.

Magic Mike was an unexpected success for Tatum and Soderbergh. According to Box Office Mojo, the $7 million drama ended up making a whopping $167 million worldwide. Since the movie made a ton of money for the folks at Warner Bros., a sequel was pretty much inevitable.