This is a joke, right? Please tell me this is a joke? Is it? No?
It has been reported a few hours ago that there is a possible Magic Mike 2 in the works. No surprise there, considering it featured a lot of skin and abs from the physically appealing Channing Tatum. What’s interesting is that the director of the first film, Steven Soderbergh, won’t be returning to direct. Word is that Tatum will take up the director’s chair, while Soderbergh (possibly under his pseudonym Peter Andrews) will be the director of photography. Pulled quote from the Hollywood Reporter is below:
“He has said he would shoot it; he would DP it. And there’s another thing: Is that good? 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.”
Ugh. Channing Tatum. What’re you doing man? You were so good in Side Effects and G.I. Joe Retaliation, where your characters essentially died in the first 20 minutes and were cut out from the rest of the movie. You were so great at those roles! Couldn’t you just stick to those for the rest of your career?
All joking aside, I’m not all hyped up for this bit of news. For one thing, I am not a fan of Channing Tatum (obviously. Unless he’s dying in a movie, that is), and I can only imagine his directing to be as bad as his acting is. I am also not a fan of male strippers taking off their clothes down to their baby-smooth-skin, so again I don’t look forward to watching this.
Post-Script: Admittedly, I have yet to see the first one, but you can understand me avoiding it. Hopefully I’ll be able to review it before the release of its sequel.
What perplexes me the most is this: Steven Soderbergh is the cinematographer. Only the cinematographer. He has donned the position as DP for all of the feature films that he’s directed (including his Oscar-winner Traffic and the recently released Side Effects), and to see him act only as cinematographer with no more input is greatly unusual indeed. Why the change? It might have to do with his allegations of taking a hiatus from film a year ago, but does he really want to take orders from Channing Tatum? Why on earth would he subject himself to that kind of torture?
Do you guys feel the same? I know plenty of you lovely ladies out there can’t wait to hear about this, but is there anyone else who really does not want to see this happen?
Either way, comment below, let me know.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian