"Magic Mike" is officially up for a live singing, dancing and stripping performance on Broadway stage. Channing Tatum, whose early days as a male stripper inspired the 2012 movie, confirms the July 19 report from Deadline on his Twitter and his official website. "#MagicMikeTheMusical is headed to Broadway," his tweet reads.
Tatum will serve as a co-producer along with Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler and Steven Soderbergh, who served behind the lens for the film. Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the duo behind the Tony Award-winning "Next to Normal", are tapped to write the songs, while Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa of "Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark" will write the book.
"Magic Mike" also starred Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. Making its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival as the closing film, the Warner Bros. pic proved to be a box-office success. Awarded a "B" CinemaScore, it grossed more than $158 million worldwide with a modest $7 million budget.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum revealed that "Magic Mike" sequel was under development most likely without Soderbergh, who "really wants to be done directing movies."
"I wish people would lobby him to finish what he started: 'Come on, man! Stop being stubborn and come back.' I've said that to him, but he is a very fixed-in-his-ways guy, and if he says it, it is hard to change," Jenna Dewan's husband said.
Asked what the sequel would be all about, he answered, "It will be a road-trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama."