The hysteria over Magic Mike's release two years ago was unlike anything I've seen. Women (and gays alike) were constantly talking about seeing their sexiest men alive shimmy and shake and, most of all, take it all off. Seeing it in theaters was an interesting experience, to say the least. In the VIP section of my local AMC, women were drunk and yelling at the screen. Whenever a hot actor came on screen, there were catcalls and gleeful cheering. It might be one of two theatrical experiences I've encountered where it really felt like a "ladies night" at the movies. The other was when I worked as a manager at a Carmike Cinemas and women came out in droves in their heels for the first Sex and the City. Both experiences were fun and over-the-top and a bit surreal.
It was announced on this weekend (star Joe Manganiello confirmed that filming is set to begin in the fall) that Magic Mike 2 has finally gotten a title, and I think it's a doozy. It's called Magic Mike: XXL. Um..what? Did someone say perfect sequel title? I think so! Is this one all about Big Dick Richie?!
The sequel will be directed by Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderbergh's first assistant director. He's been at Soderbergh's side for the majority of the last six or seven years, and, in addition to Magic, he has worked on Contagion, Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra, and The Girlfriend Experience. Mr. Tatum is writing the screenplay, and it's going to be a "road movie." Let's look at a picture of my movie husband hard at work.
To be that pen...
It hasn't been confirmed as to who is coming back or who is interested in joining the cast. I sure hope Tatum, Manganiello, Matt Bomer and newly-minted Best Actor Matthew McConaughey all come back.