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If you had asked me at the beginning of 2012 if one of my favorite movies of the year would have been a Channing Tatum-lead comedy about male strippers, I would have guffawed. How ever, Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' was so explosively entertaining, gorgeously photographed, and featured so many wonderfully colorful characters, that it was hard not to love it. Almost as soon as the first movie bowed, there was talk of a sequel. The rub of course was that Soderbergh's self-imposed retirement was due to occur prior to 'Magic Mike 2.' Where did that leave the followup? During a recent interview, while promoting the HBO movie 'Behind the Candelabra,' Soderbergh offered a status update on 'Magic Mike 2.'
"We actually just had a meeting about it the other day. It's getting pretty far along. They've got a good idea. There were some stories and events that Channing lived through that we just couldn't fit in the first one. One of them is a really hilarious and very cinematic idea that we reluctantly didn't put in the first film, because it was such a big idea you could build a whole film out of it - but we didn't want to build that film out of it. It's perfect for this, though."
Soderbergh went on to say that though he does have certain "proprietary feelings" about the property, he will not be directing 'Magic Mike 2.' And therein lies barrier to my anticipation for this sequel. Steven Soderbergh is one of the best directors working today, hands down. One of the things that is so remarkable about his work is that he is able to mine great performances and engaging stories out of anyone and anything. I once again point out that he is, to this day, the only director who was able to get a quality performance out of Jennifer Lopez. The reason 'Magic Mike' worked as something more than a gimmick, as something more than a way to coax horny housewives to the theater, is the way in which Soderbergh framed every inch, no pun intended, of what turned out to be an intensely human story. And yes, it's a sequel, so certain concerns are inherent. However, I loved the hell out of 'Ocean's Thirteen' so I know Soderbergh can knock a sequel to his own film right out of the park. Despite its being, "pretty far along," and, as is mentioned later in the article, the entire original cast would be returning, I cannot subscribe to a followup that doesn't have Soderbergh at the helm. My hope is that these "proprietary feelings" he's talking about cause him such anxiety over handing over the reins that he puts off this retirement jazz and comes back to bring us the continuing adventures, and kickass dance moves of one Magic Mike.
What do you guys think? Do you think Soderbergh might "come out of retirement" and take over 'Magic Mike 2?' Would his return affect your enthusiasm for the sequel one way or the other?
Source: Pride Source