Steven Soderbergh Talks ‘Magic Mike 2,’ Tweets a Suspense Story

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

For a guy who is supposed to be retiring from filmmaking, Steven Soderbergh has a hard time staying out of the game. Even while doing press for what he's said will be his last film, Soderbergh ends up talking about future projects, in particular the upcoming sequel to his surprise hit "Magic Mike."

On April 26, PrideSource published an interview with Soderbergh regarding "Behind the Candelabra," his film for HBO about the ill-fated relationship between Liberace and Scott Thorson. When the reporter thanked Soderbergh for "Magic Mike" on behalf of gay men everywhere, Soderbergh cheerfully replied, "It's so funny, because that was such a huge part of the success of the film - the attention it was given from that community from the minute it was announced. It was such a chatter magnet and, honestly, that was part of the reason why Warner Bros. came in while we were shooting and picked the movie up. This is not something they typically do."

The conversation then turned to the upcoming sequel to "Magic Mike," and while Soderbergh isn't revealing any of the details, he's made it clear that "Magic Mike 2" is happening and he'll be on board in some capacity.

"We actually just had a meeting about it the other day," Soderbergh said. "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 also revealed that the original cast will be returning for "Magic Mike 2," and while he's not saying he'll direct, he's made it clear he's keeping a close eye on the project. "I want to help," Soderbergh said. "I have some proprietary feelings about it, obviously. I want to make sure it gets done and done well, so we meet every couple of weeks to talk about where it's going. But it's gonna be good. It's a good idea. It's not a retread. And there will be more time spent with the characters -- all of them."

When he's not busy helping with "Magic Mike 2," Soderbergh has also given himself a new writing project. While for months his Twitter account @Bitchuation was devoted to a wide variety of witty one-liners, on Sunday, April 28, Soderbergh tweeted, "I will now attempt to tweet a novella called GLUE." Over the next eighty-eight posts, spread out over two days, Soderbergh began spinning an edgy, atmospheric tale of stolen goods, murder, and uneasy alliances in Amsterdam. The story has a contemporary noir flavor that suits the pithy wordplay, reinforced by being composed in 140-character bursts.

"Glue" hardly seemed finished when Soderbergh posted "END OF CHAPTER SEVEN" on Monday, but between promoting "Behind The Candelabra," meeting with Channing Tatum for "Magic Mike 2" and working on his paintings, it's anyone's guess when we'll read the final chapter - or if Soderbergh might decide to come out of retirement to bring it to the screen.

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