Channing Tatum announces that he and Steven Soderbergh are making another ‘Magic Mike’ movie

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Earlier this afternoon, Channing Tatum decided to bless the internet with some wonderful news. No, he did not give away tickets to Spider-Man: No Way Home to the fans out there who could not get them this morning due to each ticket app giving users their own version of the Twitter Fail Whale. He actually announced that he was once again working with director Steven Soderbergh and author Reid Carolin to make another sequel to Magic Mike.

But if you ask other employees here at Pajiba, they would like to say that this successor should not be named Magic Mike’s last dance, but should follow in the footsteps of Magic Mike XXL and join Magic Mike XXXL or Magic Mike 3D.

From Deadline Hollywood:

Warner Bros. is planning the next episode of the franchise, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, where Tatum will return as Mike Lane, Soderbergh directs and Carolin writes the script for the sequel, which premieres exclusively on HBO Max. Gregory Jacobs, who directed the 2015 hit Magic Mike XXL, returns to produce alongside Carolin, Nick Wechsler and Peter Kiernan.

“Is there anyone on screen more charismatic and appealing than Magic Mike?” said Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We’re excited to be back in business with Channing, Steven and their creative team to bring Magic Mike’s wonderful combination of dance, drama, romance and humor back.”

To say that this news made many people very happy on social media would be an understatement.

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Especially after seeing the glorious masterpiece then Magic Mike XXL. See, Magic Mike was not a bad movie, it was definitely one of Soderbergh’s best. But it also intended to be more like the character dramas of the seventies (as evidenced by its use of the classic Warner Bros. logo when the film begins), which made its mood a little more serious and gave viewers a lot less reason to enjoy , what there strippers male entertainers made on screen and then sprayed themselves down like Blanche Devereaux after having so much fun.

But Magic Mike XXL decided to turn it all the way Up To Eleven and give fans more of what they wanted and what they did not even know they wanted.

Do you want Alex Pettyfer gone so we never have to deal with him or his character’s bullshit again? Done.

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Want to see Channing Tatum as Mike realizes how much he loves and misses dancing while working, and then just starts breaking a move while “Pony” by Ginuwine plays in the background? Done.

Joe Manganiello as “Big Dick” Ritchie dances seductively at a gas station for “I Want It That Way” and uses a water bottle for his money shot? Pray and you will receive. (Honestly, the best part of that whole scene was when the gas station employee actually smiled at the end of Big Dick’s dance number, followed by Mike and his friends cheering outside in celebration)

Jada Pinkett Smith as a Boss-Ass Bitch who runs her own house where women can come to get the sexiest male entertainers to sing and dance for them and make them feel like queens in every way imaginable? Yes please.

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Mike and his friends meet a group of older women who love to drink wine and talk about how the men in their lives are such complete disappointments, and then do anything to lift the mood and get some smiles on their faces? Including Matt Bomer, who sings “Heaven” by Bryan Adams for the woman whose fuckboy of a man never has sex with the light on?

Mike and his friends work together and support each other and have each other’s backs while striving to deliver the best possible show at the Myrtle Beach stripper convention? Dom Toretto and his friends are not the only ones who know the meaning and importance of ‘family’, and that just proves it.

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Most important…Magic Mike XXL and its characters treat women of all colors, backgrounds, and sizes with the respect they deserve and do not make them the butt of the joke, which was one of the problems, Magic Mike had by showing Tarzan almost throwing his back out because he was dancing with a plus size woman?

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As if this news about Magic Mike’s last dance was not enough, fans also have more goodness to look forward to. Magic Mike Live launches a nationwide tour next year starting in Nashville, just after the HBO Max debut in the reality competition series Finding Magic Mike.

Ten ordinary guys who have “lost their magic” are exposed to a pace Magic Mike Live bootcamp, exposing their souls – and more – while learning to perform sexy and daring dance routines, where one is crowned as the real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize.

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It takes some time before Magic Mike’s last dance premieres on HBO Max, and though it seems like an impossible task for it to surpass the greatness of Magic Mike XXL, we hope it gives us more of what we want and what we did not even know we wanted.

Give us that Mike and his friends are actually friends who like and love each other, and show us all that masculinity does not have to be toxic; Mike and his friends are shirtless and do dance routines that are amazing and sexy as hell, and that make us want to break church fans out to cool ourselves down; More about Jada Pinkett Smith being a Boss-Ass bitch who takes no shit and gets sh-t done (bonus points if she’s reunited with Elizabeth Banks and if this sequel finally leads to the much needed spinoff film / limited series focusing on Rome and how she drives things over to Domina); Ken Doll and Andre (Donald Glover’s character) are actually related because the two of them in their short scenes together had so much chemistry that was more believable than anything else I would have seen between him and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in their Mr. and Mrs. Smith series about Amazon Prime Video; More new characters that will happily make us give them permission to step on us (Kofi Siriboe? Trevante Rhodes? Hannah Waddingham as another Boss-Ass Bitch that Mike and his friends cross paths with? The list of potential Pajiba Ten candidates who could and to join this cast is endless), especially since Joe Manganiello has said he has no interest in coming back for a third Magic Mike movie; Get Andie MacDowell back as Nancy, aka the sweet, beautiful lady who turned out to be Big Dick’s “glass slipper” and all her wine-drinking friends.

Give us one Magic Mike sequel that is apologetic for embracing the female gaze, and doing everything to satisfy and entertain both the women in the film and the women at home or in a movie theater watching the film.

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And just as much as I appreciate that this sequel is made for HBO Max, it also deserves to be seen in cinemas, where fully vaccinated audiences can shout and shout and cheer and even throw out some dollar bills after what happens on the screen. (If there was ever a reason for the beloved podcast Thirst relief box to make a comeback so hosts Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins can bless our lives with their thirst once again, that’s definitely it)

Now to end this article with the smooth, family-friendly sounds of Donna Meagle’s cousin, Ginuwine, singing “Pony”. If you should end up getting muscle cramps or going to the hospital because of your failed attempts to dance like Magic Mike while listening to this, this is it does not our fault.


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