Channing Tatum to direct stripper sequel ‘Magic Mike 2’?

And the sequel could be a 'road movie' in which 'a bunch of strippers get back together'

Channing Tatum has revealed that he could direct a sequel to his hit stripper film Magic Mike.

The film, whose script was based on Tatum’s own experiences as a male stripper before he became famous, was a surprise success at the box office earlier this year, grossing over $154 million (£95 million) worldwide from a modest $7 million (£4 million) budget. Scroll down to watch the trailer.

When asked about a sequel, the film’s writer Reid Carolin told German movie website Filmstarts: “You know, we are talking a lot about it. We have a story, and it is really ridiculous and fun. It’s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It’s more of a broad comedy. I don’t know whether it will happen or not.” The original film also starred Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello.

During the same interview, Tatum also expressed enthusiasm for a sequel, but admitted that director Steven Soderbergh is less keen, saying: “We really want to [make it], but Steven Soderbergh really wants to retire.”

However, Tatum insisted that Soderbergh’s absence would not be a deal-breaker. He speculated that assistant director Gregory Jacobs could helm the second film, before suggesting both himself and Carolin for the director’s job. “But we do not know yet,” he admitted. Tatum also confirmed that the movie’s creative team will focus on turning Magic Mike into a Broadway musical before they begin work on a sequel.