Channing Tatum will direct a smaller film before taking on Magic Mike 2

Channing Tatum

Last week we reported that Channing Tatum was planning on directing the sequel to his summer blockbuster MAGIC MIKE, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and though that plan is still in the works Channing Tatum may put MAGIC MIKE 2 on the back burner for a little longer. Channing Tatum said in an interview. “We’ve thought about directing MAGIC MIKE 2, and we’re (Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin) still thinking about it, and we want to do that. We want to do the sequel. It’s too good of a movie, and the characters are so crazy, that we want to go for it. We feel like we did the little indie version this last time, and for the next one, we want to up the stakes a little, maybe go even farther…Reid and I aren’t idiots! We’re not going to direct our first movie as a sequel to a Steven Soderbergh movie. That’s not smart. I want to start with something very small … make a lot of mistakes, make them real early, and then go jump in [on the sequel].” So it sounds like MAGIC MIKE 2 is still a ways off, but don’t worry because you still have the Broadway production to look forward to as that is still moving ahead.

I think it’s great that Channing Tatum isn’t jumping right in and going forward with MAGIC MIKE 2, because he’s completely right about being crazy to follow a Steven Soderbergh film as his directorial debut. Luckily, Channing Tatum seems to be one of those actors that has his head in the right place, so I’m sure he’ll choose a project (or two) that will prepare him for a potential blockbuster sequel.

Channing Tatum can be seen next in the film 10 YEARS which opens this weekend. 10 YEARS is a high school reunion film that stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lynn Collins, Rosario Dawson, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Ron Livingston, Oscar Issac and Max Minghella. (Vulture)

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