A film loved by both critics and audiences is sure to generate sequel buzz, and Magic Mike is doing just that. Magic Mike was without doubt one of the best films of the summer and year so far, however it was very much built as a standalone film. If a sequel does happen simply repeating the formula from the first film is practically impossible, and according to Channing Tatum Magic Mike 2 will be a “comedy road movie.”
Other than the problem of finding an organic way to make a sequel, the film will also have to find a new director. Various names have been floated out, once again by Channing, including himself. A switch of directors between films can be a good thing (see Bourne Supremacy), but the entire reason that the first was so flawless was the direction. Steven Soderberg has a talent for taking average or generic plots and making them into incredible films.
With Soderberg’s recently announced hiatus, Magic Mike’s future is uncertain. If Tatum was selected as director how would he handle it? If done poorly Magic Mike 2 could be just another stupid road trip move in the company of Euro Trip and of course Road Trip, but if done well we could see the next chapter of Mike’s life unfolding over the open road, a la Little Miss Sunshine.