Get ready for more male stripping - Channing Tatum has announced that Magic Mike 2 may be in the works.
"Yes, yes and yes! We're working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger,” he told Glamour U.K.
It’s unclear whether the next film in the male stripping franchise will be a sequel or a prequel. "We're actually talking about the possibility of doing the prequel, because if you do the sequel, then you lose Mike [Tatum's character]," co-star Joe Manganiello told Hollywood.com. "Otherwise, what's Mike going to do? He's going to come back for one big heist ... so, you would do the prequel, how they got there."
This is what a Magic Mike sequel would look like.
Act I: Tatum’s character Mike quit the stripping business at the end of Magic Mike, leaving him to pursue his entrepreneurship projects. By some miracle, he will get the bank loan needed to start his furniture business. But on opening day, Mike will show up at the store and find that he’s been robbed. A mysterious enemy has broken the windows and vandalized everything inside the store. Depressed, Mike will find out that his younger brother is seeking vengeance for something Mike did years ago. (Dun dun dun.) We will see Mike attempt to face the broken family he thought he left for good. This will bring him to Miami, somehow.
Act II: Meanwhile, Adam “The Kid” (Alex Pettyfer) will take center stage at the bigger, badder Xquisite in Miami. The idiotic slacker got caught up with drugs and other hallmarks of reckless living in Magic Mike, and didn’t learn his lesson. A heartless hedonist, he has no true sense of loyalty or morality. Whether betraying stripper manager Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) or screwing over his sister Brooke (Cody Horn), The Kid will get in trouble again. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he died.
Act III: Miami will play a big role. Maybe the Miami Heat will make a cameo, or The Kid will get his face eaten by a zombie.
Here’s what a Magic Mike prequel would look like.
Act I: We will meet Mike as a senior in high school. The first scene will show Mike playing basketball in gym class, so he can show off his fast feet and huge chest. Then, we’ll cut to Mike pretending to wash off in the locker room but instead sneaking off to the art studio. His sculpture teacher Monica (Hilary Swank) pushes him to practice his gift for furniture making. But he can’t juggle being both a Varsity athlete and an artist, eventually failing to win a college basketball scholarship or the grades to get into college.
Act II: So he forgets college and finds work at Busch Gardens. There, he will meet his first love - a concessions stand worker named Skylar (Taylor Momsen). A struggling singer/songwriter who’s twice his age, Skylar will encourage him to fight for his dreams while reminding him that life is hard. “We need to work the worst jobs in order to survive and eventually get somewhere,” she sighs. Yet their budding love provides solace for both of them. One night while Mike is celebrating a new job, she will die tragically in a car crash. As he digs through the smashed-up car to find her body, he realizes that she was involved in a drug deal and was murdered.
Act III: In mourning yet feeling betrayed by her secret, Mike is confused. He was going to work for AT&T to make good money, but has no direction without Skylar. One night as he walks down the street, Dallas spots him and insists he has a talent for movement. Encouraged by the ringman’s strong leadership, Mike joins his strip club, Xquisite.
Actually, the movies will be much better than what I've described. 1) Tatum will be on screen, and 2) director Steven Soderbergh will come up with something more thoughtful, less stereotypical, and more heartfelt.
So get excited.