Following the success of last year’s Magic Mike—which starred Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello as male strippers and raked in an estimated $167 million—producers are obviously eyeing the possibilities for a sequel.
Now, in an unexpected move, Channing Tatum has stepped forward to put his name in the hat to direct the film.
The 33-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter about the progress of Magic Mike 2, saying that he may venture behind the camera this time around.
“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 [original] movie and has been Steven’s right-hand man for almost 25 movies,” Tatum said. “Right now, we’re just trying to clean up the story, and then we’ll make a decision.”
Though Tatum doesn’t have any experience directing feature films and his past work doesn’t exactly scream “artistic visionary”—think Step Up, Dear John or G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra—his knowledge of the male-stripping industry might actually give some credit to his name if he does end up directing.
We’re interested to see how this one unfolds.