Shortly after Magic Mike became a surprise hit, Channing Tatum started talking about making a sequel, and at one point it was even suggested it could have been his directorial debut. However its only now that the movie is ready to move forward, and Tatum won’t be at the helm.
A couple of days ago Joe Manganiello said they we planning to shoot the follow-up this autumn and that more info would be announced very soon. Well now it has, as ThePlaylist reports that Steven Soderbergh’s longtime assistant director, Gregory Jacobs, will direct the movie, and it’ll be getting the slightly risqué title Magic Mike XXL.
Channing Tatum is co-writing the movie alongside Reid Carolin, and will return to play the title character. Soderbergh, who directed the first film, will executive produce.
While it’s almost certain Joe Manganiello will once again co-star, it’s not known who amongst Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Olivia Munn might also be back, although it’s believed all are interested in returning.
Gregory Jacobs previously helmed 2004’s Criminal and 2007’s Wind Chill in 2007.