Bad news, lawbreakers: it doesn’t look like Magic Mike 3 is in the cards. After 2012 surprisingly successful Magic Mike and 2015’s slightly less successful (but way more fun) Magic Mike XXL, it seems like Channing Tatum is hanging up his g-string for good. Someone else is going to have to grind to Ginuwine. The Hollywood Reporter reports that instead of a third film, Tatum is focusing on the upcoming stage plays, one in Vegas and one Broadway musical.
“The third installment will be the show, and I think it has to evolve past these guys,” he said of the stripper movies. “The first one was about Mike, the second one was about the guys and I think the third one is really about man and woman having a conversation about sex and themselves and who we all are. That’s the next step I would like to take with the story.”
Sure, it makes sense that the story has run out for a third film, it’s a damn shame that we will never see the sequel to this scene.
However, while the original Kings of Tampa may have danced their last, Tatum seems to be thrilled about the upcoming live shows, promising a “brilliant, brilliant” director working on the Broadway script. Seeing as he’s made it clear that he’d like to move away from acting a bit towards directing, my desperate dream is that he is referring to himself here.
This isn’t the only new project in C-Tates’ world. On top of starting his own vodka brand, Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, will be executively producing a series based on Step Up, the film that made them both famous. The new series will be the first big scripted drama for YouTube, and will air on the subscription service, YouTube Red, next year.