Channing Tatum May Direct 'Magic Mike 2'

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When the male stripper drama, "Magic Mike," danced into theaters earlier this summer, we're not sure anyone anticipated what a success — both critically and commercially — it would be. (The flick earned a whopping $113 million domestically off a production budget of only $7 million). As to be expected, when Hollywood has a hit on its hands, it gets started on the sequel pretty much right away.

But with Steven Soderbergh insisting (at least for now) that he's taking a hiatus from filmmaking, there's an empty seat where the director should be. Queue music: enter Channing Tatum.

That's right, the heartthrob with the moveshas mentioned that he might direct the sequel himself, possibly in tandem with screenwriter/ producer Reid Carolin, IndieWire reports. Yes, this breakout star has ambitions far beyond acting. Did it just get hot in here?

While directing isn't something you learn overnight, Tatum has worked with Soderbergh on three films now ("Magic Mike," "Haywire" and "The Bitter Pill") so he may have picked up a pointer or two along the way. In any case, we'd be happy to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, because a little more magic is always a good thing.

So what would the second installment be about? According to Carolin, "You know, we are talking a lot about it. We have a story, and it is really ridiculous and fun. It's a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It's more of a broad comedy. I don't know whether it will happen or not."

Let's just ignore that last sentence and focus on the possibility of a road movie peppered with a bunch of fun-loving strippers. We'll have to wait and see whether this directing gig shakes out for Tatum, but something tells us he's got the skills to make it happen.

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