Magic Mike is about to dance his way back onto the big screen. Indiewire reported that the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike has announced its title as well as a director for the up-coming film set in the world of male strippers. Entitled Magic Mike XXL, the drama will be directed by Soderbergh’s longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs.
Released in 2012, Magic Mike became a surprise box office sensation during the summer months. Starring Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, Magic Mike told the story of male stripper with a dream to be something bigger all the while trying to teach a hot new young dancer the secret art of picking of women, partying and making fast easy cash at the club. Magic Mike also featured Academy award winner Matthew McConaughey as the club’s head dancer named Dallas well as Olivia Munn and True Blood star Joe Manganiello.
Set in Tampa Bay, Florida, Channing Tatum plays Mike Lane, a roofer by day and the Kings Of Tampa’s star male stripper by night. Mike dreams of the day when he no longer has to dance for money as he struggles to get his own furniture-making business up off the ground due to his poor credit and despite his amount of considerable savings. After Mike takes Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing, the hot-headed kid soon risks everything Mike has been building toward for several years. No story details for Magic Mike XXL have been announced at this time though it is expected to pick up Mike’s story right where the first film left off.
The original Magic Mike film is said to be loosely based upon the life and experiences of star Channing Tatum who was an eighteen-year-old stripper in Tampa Bay, Florida. The film was written by Reid Carolin who has produced two other films starring Channing Tatum aside from Magic Mike. Carolin first produced Tatum in the 2008 US solider drama Stop-Loss directed by Kimberly Peirce and most recently, Caroline also produced last year’s action flick White House Down starring Tatum and Jamie Foxx as the President of the United States.
Magic Mike became a massive success for Warner Brothers back in 2012. The film cost only a reported seven million and grossed over $160 million worldwide. Magic Mike has the honor of being director Steven Soderbergh’s second highest opening film, grossing over $39 million in three days, following only the big budget sequel, Ocean’s Twelve, in the prolific filmmaker’s long career at the box office.
There have been no official announcements about cast or crew for the Magic Mike sequel besides its title and director though most of the original film’s cast is expected to return in some capacity. Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs has previously helmed the 2004 comedy crime film Criminal starring John C. Reilly and Maggie Gyllenhaal as well as the 2007 thriller Wind Chill with Emily Blunt.
The anticipation for Magic Mike XXL amongst the first film’s fans remains incredibly high. With the announcement of the Magic Mike sequel’s title and director, production on the film is certain to begin soon with casting expected to be publicized shortly. Filming for Magic Mike XXL is scheduled to begin this fall.
By Benjamin Murray