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Steven Soderbergh talks the return of the man meat for Magic Mike 2

Apr. 29, 2013by: Niki Stephens

When the first trailer hit for Steven Soderbergh's MAGIC MIKE, my Facebook feed blew up with posts from women friends getting hot and sweaty over the buffet selection they had in-store for them in the months to come. Muscular dudes stripping with a story that has some heart and laughs? Soderbergh knew what he was doing.

I didn't think that there would be a sequel for the film, but apparently there is more from Channing Tatum's former life as an entertainer that didn't get to make the cut. Last year Tatum spoke about possibly directing the sequel making it his directorial debut, however he thought it might be best to make something else first to get the experience.

Soderbergh doesn't mention Channing directing but does talk to Pridesource.com about where they are at with the story, his involvement, and who of the original cast will be returning:

Pride Source: With "Magic Mike 2," have you thought about where you want the story to go?

Steven Soderbergh: We actually just had a meeting about it the other day. It's getting pretty far along. They've got a good idea. There were some stories and events that Channing lived through that we just couldn't fit in the first one. One of them is a really hilarious and very cinematic idea that we reluctantly didn't put in the first film, because it was such a big idea you could build a whole film out of it - but we didn't want to build that film out of it. It's perfect for this, though.

PS: How involved will you be?

SS: I want to help. I have some proprietary feelings about it, obviously. I want to make sure it gets done and done well, so we meet every couple of weeks to talk about where it's going. But it's gonna be good. It's a good idea. It's not a retread. And there will be more time spent with the characters - all of them.

PS: You're not gonna tell me the idea, are you?

SS: Yeah, I don't want to share the details.

PS: Is the original cast returning?

SS: Oh yeah!

Source: PrideSource

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5:46PM on 04/29/2013
Now, I know it's not the popular opinion, but I thought Magic Mike was a lot of fun. Given how it ends, I thought that was the last we'd see of Mike doing what he does, but if they can turn it into something half as good as the first movie (they had McConaughey for Christ's sake), then I might be interested.
Now, I know it's not the popular opinion, but I thought Magic Mike was a lot of fun. Given how it ends, I thought that was the last we'd see of Mike doing what he does, but if they can turn it into something half as good as the first movie (they had McConaughey for Christ's sake), then I might be interested.
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1:01PM on 04/29/2013

I liked the first one.

In fact, I thought it was one of the better movies of last summer. Mcconaughey was awesome. But I'm pretty sick of Soderberg. I love how he made a big fuss about "retiring" from filmmaking, but he's still just as involved with the sequel, and I'd be very surprised if he didn't end up directing it. I've never been a big fan of his, but once in a while he makes a good movie. I guess being that prolific you're bound to churn out something worthwhile every dozen films or so.
In fact, I thought it was one of the better movies of last summer. Mcconaughey was awesome. But I'm pretty sick of Soderberg. I love how he made a big fuss about "retiring" from filmmaking, but he's still just as involved with the sequel, and I'd be very surprised if he didn't end up directing it. I've never been a big fan of his, but once in a while he makes a good movie. I guess being that prolific you're bound to churn out something worthwhile every dozen films or so.
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12:55PM on 04/29/2013
The thing about Magic Mike was that it was purported to be realistic and based on Channing Tatum's real-life experiences, without the flash and bombast of the likes of "Showgirls". But it really was formulaic from start to finish. There's the hero who aspires to more than stripping for a living, the young hotshot whom the hero takes under his wing but whose success gets to his head after he's seduced by "the life", the disapproving sister who's the obvious love interest for the hero, the ragtag
The thing about Magic Mike was that it was purported to be realistic and based on Channing Tatum's real-life experiences, without the flash and bombast of the likes of "Showgirls". But it really was formulaic from start to finish. There's the hero who aspires to more than stripping for a living, the young hotshot whom the hero takes under his wing but whose success gets to his head after he's seduced by "the life", the disapproving sister who's the obvious love interest for the hero, the ragtag team of buddies, and the ending was really unsatisfying. So if anything comes out of the sequel, I suppose it will be a resolution to that story.
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12:54PM on 04/29/2013
Now I am not going to sit here and say I enjoyed the first film because I didn't however hopefully he can improve on some of the flaws of the first film. With this said, I hope they replace the female lead because she was atrocious in the film: she simply could not act.
Now I am not going to sit here and say I enjoyed the first film because I didn't however hopefully he can improve on some of the flaws of the first film. With this said, I hope they replace the female lead because she was atrocious in the film: she simply could not act.
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12:57PM on 04/29/2013
Agreed. It has been speculated that the only reason Cody F Horn got the lead female role is because she's the daughter of former Warner Bros. president (and current Walt Disney Studios chairman) Alan Horn.
Agreed. It has been speculated that the only reason Cody F Horn got the lead female role is because she's the daughter of former Warner Bros. president (and current Walt Disney Studios chairman) Alan Horn.
12:04PM on 04/29/2013
I'll tell you one thing. He has balls for even directing the first one.
I'll tell you one thing. He has balls for even directing the first one.
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2:20PM on 04/29/2013
Thats a pretty homophobic and insecure comment to make.
Thats a pretty homophobic and insecure comment to make.
8:19PM on 04/29/2013
I'm not trying to put it in a homophobic or insecure context. I'm just saying I applaud his attitude in directing a movie about male strippers.

Like I applaud Ang Lee for directing a film about two cowboys who fall in love with one another.

How many directors have the guys to take on stories like this and actually make them into entertaining films.
I'm not trying to put it in a homophobic or insecure context. I'm just saying I applaud his attitude in directing a movie about male strippers.

Like I applaud Ang Lee for directing a film about two cowboys who fall in love with one another.

How many directors have the guys to take on stories like this and actually make them into entertaining films.
11:39AM on 04/29/2013
I'd much rather see a sequel to Haywire. Hell, for that matter, I'd even prefer Ocean's Fourteen over another Magic Mike flick.
I'd much rather see a sequel to Haywire. Hell, for that matter, I'd even prefer Ocean's Fourteen over another Magic Mike flick.
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4:20PM on 04/29/2013
Haywire sucked big time, Gina Carano was horrible in it.
Haywire sucked big time, Gina Carano was horrible in it.
9:14AM on 04/30/2013
And your opinion is shared by the majority, which baffles me beyond belief. It's got a 5.9 on IMDb but yet I stand by it adamantly and claim that it's a breath of fresh air in its genre. The camerawork and fight choreography alone are worth the watch. Yeah, Carano isn't too great in the acting department (though still pretty good for someone with no acting experience) but I feel she more than makes up kicking ass, hard.
And your opinion is shared by the majority, which baffles me beyond belief. It's got a 5.9 on IMDb but yet I stand by it adamantly and claim that it's a breath of fresh air in its genre. The camerawork and fight choreography alone are worth the watch. Yeah, Carano isn't too great in the acting department (though still pretty good for someone with no acting experience) but I feel she more than makes up kicking ass, hard.
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