Steven Soderbergh not done yet; will helm Channing Tatum stripper film, MAGIC MIKE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 29th, 2011

Never let it be said that director Steven Soderbergh isn’t a prolific filmmaker, especially as his career begins to hit its (alleged) conclusion.

After announcing that he’ll be retiring following the production of his long talked-about Liberace biopic, the director been rather mum about when that will exactly start production. Well, not only do we now know just what his upcoming slate will look like, but it has a shocking addition.

Deadline is reporting that Soderbergh is set to helm a new film, entitled MAGIC MIKE, which may be better known as the film based on the days as a stripper that were had by one Channing Tatum (who will star), and will follow a dancer who teaches a younger one the ropes. Nicolas Winding Refn was attached to the project for a while, at least in the mind of Tatum, but now, after working with him on HAYWIRE, will be taking on this project as his next feature.

Compared to a film like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, the film will be shooting this September, just a month after HAYWIRE hits theaters, and a month prior to the release of Soderbergh’s CONTAGION. Toss in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. which will shoot in February and LIBERACE shooting in the summer of 2012, and you have what will likely be the extent of Soderbergh’s career from here on out. Talk about an interesting slate.

Personally, I really kind of dig this choice. It sounds like a very interesting project, and with comparisons to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, I think it may prove to be one hell of a compelling film. Soderbergh is obviously a great filmmaker, so honestly, there isn’t a film that couldn’t get me excited if helmed by him.

What do you think?

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