Steven Soderbergh has hinted towards the upcoming movie, Magic Mike’s Last Dance. The central theme of Magic Mike’s Last Dance will be a full-on romance according to the director.
Channing Tatum will reprise his role as Mike Lane in the third and final installment of the male stripper trilogy, with director Steven Soderbergh – who also directed the first film – revealing that the film would elaborate on previously-discussed subjects such as love, masculinity, and respect.
Soderbergh said: “The third [movie] is the sort of apex of everything that we’ve been talking about in that area. Not just taking the dancing to another level, but really getting into the relationship aspect that’s been an undercurrent in all of the films. Like, Mike has a full-on relationship that’s at the centre of this movie, while all this stuff is going on, and we haven’t done that before.”
Even if Channing, 41, wasn’t convinced at the time, the filmmaker knew Magic Mike would be a “huge” blockbuster as soon as he heard Channing’s notion.
“I absolutely recognized that Channing’s notion of the movie was tremendously marketable,” he told Collider. He had presented it to me, and he was pitching it to me on a set of ‘Haywire’ when I asked him what other projects he had in the works.
“And he went down the list and then he kind of threw this away, he was like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then I got this thing about when I was 19 and stripping in Tampa.’ And I went, ‘OK, that’s gold. That’s ‘Saturday Night Fever’. What are you doing with that? And he said, ‘We’re developing it. We have a director.’ And I said, ‘Don’t wait on that, like that’s a great idea. Keep that thing on the front burner.
“Literally, a year goes by when he calls me, he says, ‘Do you still like that idea?’ I said, ‘Yeah. And you’re gonna meet me at Carney’s on Sunset on Saturday, and we’re gonna make a deal to make this movie this fall.’ And so that’s what happened. I knew that was a monster idea.”
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) November 29, 2021
Plot of Magic Mike’s Last Dance
In Magic Mike XXL, Mike returned from a three-year hiatus to reconnect with the Kings of Tampa for a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which culminated in a successful performance on July 4th. While it’s too soon to say where the story will go in the third picture, Tatum shared a snapshot of the script’s title page, which indicated Carolin and Steven Soderbergh will return to write and direct, respectively. “Well, world,” the actor captioned the photo, “seems like Mike Lane is tapping back in.”
Soderbergh has only contributed as cinematographer and editor on Magic Mike XXL, therefore this is the first of the franchise’s films to be directed by him since the original in 2012. According to Tatum, Gregory Jacobs, who helmed the 2015 sequel, will serve as a producer on the next sequel with Carolin, Nick Wechsler, and Peter Kiernan.