Here's an announcement that falls into the cross-category of good news/bad news: Channing Tatum has confirmed there is a Magic Mike sequel in development. So, good news, everyone who enjoyed all those abs and pecs and thongs: there's going to be a Magic Mike 2! But bad news for everyone who was surprised to discover that Magic Mike was -- spoiler alert -- really kind of a massive drag, what with the moody vibe and unhappy drug plot and all: there's going to be a Magic Mike 2.
The problem with Magic Mike is that it was advertised as a corny slab of good-times cinematic beefcake, 90 minutes of pure fun for the LADIEZ. In reality, Soderbergh struggled to balance a somber tale of drama and downward-spiral woe with random upbeat stage performances.
Given what I personally feel were problems with the first Magic Mike, here's what I'm hoping to see in the sequel:
Less bummer. Seriously. Don't get me wrong, I love dark movies, but hot male stripping with a bitchin' soundtrack plus a depressing plot of drug sales gone wrong complete with dramatic overdose scenes is like peanut butter and pepperoncinis. Two great tastes that do NOT taste great together.
A lighter side of Soderbergh. He's a director known for his ability to tell a compellingly fun story through score and montage -- witness Out of Sight, or Ocean's 11 -- so come on, let's see more of those snap-crackle-and-pop scenes with the boys shaking their moneymakers, less self-destructive protégé-gone-wrong.
Or maybe someone else altogether? Tatum says the project is on hold while Soderbergh is on a break from filmmaking:
We're developing 'Magic Mike 2', but he really wants to be done directing movies. We'll see. I wish people would lobby him to finish what he started: "Come on, man! Stop being stubborn and come back." I've said that to him, but he is a very fixed-in-his-ways guy, and if he says it, it is hard to change.'
In fact, Tatum may direct it himself along with his producing partner Reid Carolin. Soderbergh has offered to be cameraman and director of photography, but Tatum says it might be challenging to work that way:
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.
More FUN, please. And more awesome exchanges between the guys, like when Matthew McConaughey teaches Alex Pettyfer how to strip. Remember that? Ah, good stuff.
As it turns out, it really does sound like Tatum is hoping to make the sequel exactly how I want it to be. Check it out:
It will be a road trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be -- crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences.
Oh hell YES, Tatum. Make this happen, sir. MAKE. THIS. HAPPEN.
What do you think of the possibility of a Magic Mike 2? Are you intrigued by Channing Tatum's promise for the new vibe?
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