Channing Tatum Might Direct Magic Mike 2

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Channing Tatum Might Direct <i>Magic Mike 2</i>

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.