Magic Mike has already scored just under $78 million at the box office since its release in late June and the production budget was only $7 million. Minus the marketing budget, the stripper feature has likely already packaged a hefty sum. But never mind the money, there's plenty of skin to be had, so why not let the strip show go on? Actors flexing their hot bods is a winning formula, and Tatum teased recently that another round of Magic Mike is in the early stages.
In a Twitter interview with Glamour magazine, Tatum said this when asked about a possible Magic Mike 2: "Yes, yes and yes! We're working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger." Bigger? hmmm... Tatum didn't provide much more in the way of details including whether director Steven Soderbergh has signed on for the follow-up or if co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and the rest of the cast will be donning the thong for a second round.
He did offer up some insight in the making of the first Mike, however, saying that wearing a thong in front of people is "awkward," adding, "I don't know how you girls do it." He also said in the Twitter back-and-forth that Joe Manganiello's body was the most impressive. "He looks like he's from Spartan blood!" said Tatum, referring to the war-waging city from Greek antiquity. He also said Manganiello and McConaughey were "a toss up" in the top stripping talent category. Tatum also shared that during McConaughey's dance, the build-up was so intense that some women in the audience took matters into their own hands. "The women lost their minds and ripped his thong off," he said. DVD extra anyone?
In non-related Tatum news, it was revealed yesterday that Tatum is in negotiations to star and produce a film about 1970s-era daredevil Evel Knievel. "I did a belly flop from a really high bridge," Tatum offered up when asked about the biggest stunt he's pulled off. "That was one of the more painful things I've done!"