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Thursday 17 April 2014

Tatum wants Soderbergh for Mike 2

Channing Tatum hopes Steven Soderbergh directs Magic Mike 2

Channing Tatum has revealed that the future of the Magic Mike sequel would depend on director Steven Soderbergh's involvement.

The Step Up star, who played the lead role, admitted that he would be reluctant to sign on for a second film without the director.

"I don't know. Look, I don't know if we can do Magic Mike 2 without our General. So it's hard," he told MTV News.

"It's a hard situation to be in. Soderbergh says he'll produce it and we're like 'OK, what director's going to want to come on and like try and come behind you?'"

Steven has already said that, after directing 20 films in 25 years, he is done with sitting in the director's chair.

Channing - who is expecting his first child with wife Jenna - added: "There are scripts. We're always working on them and I think that you'll probably see Jump Street 2 more than likely (first). It's hard. We're gonna figure it out; either he will do it or maybe we won't do it. We'll figure it out."

Steven's assistant director Greg Jacobs is rumoured to be taking directing duties for the follow-up to the 2012 movie about a group of male strippers.

Channing's co-star Matthew McConaughey would return to the sequel, saying: "I know it's something that's legitimately brewing. In the right way [I would come back].

"It would be so much fun, but I would only be able to do to revisit Dallas if I really go 'OK, that's what he would be doing.' And Dallas can't become like all of a sudden obviously comedic. I'd have to keep him the same tone."

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