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Exclusive: Greg Jacobs Will Direct Channing Tatum And Co. In 'Magic Mike' Sequel, Title Revealed

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by Edward Davis
March 28, 2014 5:00 PM
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Hot on the heels of Joe Manganiello's informal announcement that the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" will shoot this fall, new details about the stripper dramedy have emerged. "I think they’re going to announce it soon," the actor said. And he's right.

While potential helmers to take over the directing chair for the sequel included star and original co-writer Channing Tatum and co-writer/producer Reid Carolin, sources close to the camp tell The Playlist that a filmmaker has been found: Greg Jacobs. And that the title of the sequel will be "Magic Mike XXL." Look for an “official announcement” soon, but the team behind the movie has decided on their man.

With Soderbergh remaining as an executive producer on the project, Jacobs' name comes as little surprise—he’s been the director’s right hand man and creative partner for decades. He's been Soderbergh's first AD since "King Of The Hill," acted as a producer on most of his films since "Full Frontal," and routinely performs both gigs (he was one of the producers and first AD on "Magic Mike" for example, and is an exec. producer on Soderbergh's upcoming Cinemax series "The Knick" as well). Suffice it to say, the move is keeping "Magic Mike" in house with a key member of the original team.

Jacobs directed "Criminal," the U.S. remake of Argentina's "Nine Queens" in 2004, and "Wind Chill" starring Emily Blunt in 2007. Amazon Studios recently announced "Red Oaks," a single-camera comedy that Jacobs created, wrote and is executive producing. He would have directed it himself, but with the “Magic Mike” sequel on the horizon, the reins for the pilot have been handed over to David Gordon Green, who almost directed the Soderbergh-produced adaptation of “A Confederacy Of Dunces” back in the mid-aughts before the project fell apart (see our 25 Greatest Films Never Made feature).

Most of the original stripper cast for "Magic Mike" are expected to return for the sequel, but no deals are in place and it's possible some characters are being written out of part two.

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9 Comments

  • joannet | March 30, 2014 7:50 AMReply

    Gotta have Matt Bomer, hot hot hot

  • jayne | March 30, 2014 5:55 AMReply

    Only watched this film because of Matt Bomer and its probably the only reason I would watch the next one.

  • Skiwitch | March 29, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    I went to see the first one to see Matt Bomer and if he is in the new one, I will go to see it too. If he is not, I'll probably skip it.

  • Princess Bike | March 29, 2014 11:34 AMReply

    I'm guessing it's more than likely Alex Pettyfer won't be coming back. (He didn't get along with anyone making the first one; note his absence in promoting the film.)

    While I can't complain too much about his not returning, as he kind of weighed the movie down, I wonder how they'll do the story without him, since half of Magic Mike was about his character, and it ended with him taking over Mike's role when the crew went off to Miami.

  • Kayla | March 29, 2014 4:58 AMReply

    I like to see Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer back in Magic Mike XXL.

  • Rucksack Johnson | March 28, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    Isn't "The Knick" coming out on Cinemax, not Showtime?

  • SyEE | March 28, 2014 8:00 PMReply

    Greg Jacobs is the best..great guy and a great move.

  • Shan | March 28, 2014 7:07 PMReply

    The movie won't focus on Matt Bomer. Ungrateful fan should just settle with him being invited back.

  • Patsyanne | March 28, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    As long as I get to see sexy Matt Bomer flashing the flesh again I couldnt care less about the rest of them. I just hope he gets a much bigger part this time.

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