Time to jump back on that pony — Channing Tatum is officially back in the saddle for another Magic Mike movie!
Tatum first starred as charismatic exotic dancer Mike Lane in the 2012 film Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Reid Carolin. The sequel, 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, was also penned by Carolin and directed by Gregory Jacobs.
The upcoming sequel, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, will air exclusively on HBO Max and is set to see the return of Soderbergh in the director’s chair and Carolin as a screenwriter. Tatum confirmed the news with a photo of the screenplay on his Twitter with more details announced in Deadline.
The first film in the franchise followed a fairly typical plot with Mike Lane as the star stripper nearing his retirement in pursuit of his true passion–building furniture. Magic Mike XXL picked up three years later, with Mike firmly out of the dancing business, but pulled back in by his friends for one last show.
There’s no official synopsis or hint at the story for Magic Mike’s Last Dance yet, but per Deadline, Soderbergh was inspired to continue the story after the success of the live shows and hopes to provide a satisfying final installment to the franchise. There is not yet word on whether any other previous cast members are returning for the sequel.
In addition to the sequel film, Carolin, Jacobs, Soderbergh, and Tatum are producing The Real Magic Mike, a competition reality show for HBO Max set to premiere on December 16. Hosted by movie alum Adam Rodriguez, the winner will compete for the chance to perform in a Magic Mike Live show.
Needless to say, it appears the Magic Mike “stripperverse” isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
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