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I am just now getting used to viewing Channing Tatum as a reliable actor. Early roles in forgettable trash like Dear John and Stop-Loss told me to stop paying attention to Tatum as a performer, but recent roles in The Vow, Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street have me singing a different tune. But now you say I have to start contemplating a world where Tatum is a respected director as well?
That seems to be where we’re heading, as Tatum opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the current state of a Magic Mike sequel. The first movie was a surprise hit, banking $167 million worldwide and earning a few year-end awards nominations for Matthew McConaughey from groups like The Broadcast Film Critics Association, The People’s Choice Awards, and the NYFCC and Independent Spirit Awards – both of which actually bestowed McConaughey with a prize.
Which brings us to Magic Mike 2, which Tatum says is coming along, and is being considered as a project he might direct. "That's sort of where we are at," Tatum told the trade. "Either [my producing partner] Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we'll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the  movie and has been Steven's right-hand man for almost 25 movies. Right now, we're just trying to clean up the story, and then we'll make a decision.”
Even more enticing is Tatum’s claim that if he were to climb behind the camera and make his directorial debut, then original Magic Mike director could climb out of “retirement” and act as a director of photography.
“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. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you.”
rankly, the idea that Soderbergh will stay out of the film world for an extended period is a joke. While he has said he plans to take an extended break after Behind the Candelabra, I think projects like a Magic Mike sequel or some such future project will lure him back into the fold. The man loves to create, and film is the medium that catches his eye. That said, I’m not opposed to the idea of Tatum cutting his teeth on a Magic Mike sequel. It’s a world with which he is intimate, and it’s not like he’s trying to emulate Roland Emmerich and make White House Down 2. This could develop into something truly interesting. Stay tuned.