Steven Soderbergh's apparently pushed his retirement from directing date back a year or two, or he could just be squeezing one more project into the timeline he's already set for himself. Soderbergh, who's been talking about stepping away from directing for the past few months, will be reuniting with one of his Haywire stars, Channing Tatum, for Magic Mike. Magic Mike is an indie comedy/drama inspired by Tatum's real life stripping experiences when he was 18 or 19, back before he landed his first real acting gig.
31 year old Tatum - one of the nicest guys in Hollywood - will play the title character. Magic Mike is a male stripper who, according to Variety, "schools a young dancer in how to hustle, both on and off the stage."
Soderbergh said in a statement: "When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard for a movie. I said I wanted in immediately. It's sexy, funny and shocking. We're using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we're on the right track."
"This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn't be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven," said Tatum.
Reid Carolin, president of Tatum's production company 33andOut Productions, will work on the script. There's no word yet on when Soderbergh expects to get the film into production. Soderbergh's got Haywire going out into theaters in August, and he's finishing up the sci-fi thriller Contagion with Matt Damon set to hit theaters on October 21st. He's also attached to direct both Liberace starring Michael Douglas in the title role and the big screen adaptation of the popular '60s TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which will bring him back together with George Clooney.
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(Photo of Channing Tatum © Richard Chavez)