Steven Soderbergh wants Channing Tatum to direct "Magic Mike 2," the follow-up to Soderbergh's 2012 male stripper drama, and the actor revealed in a recent interview that he's strongly considering the possibility.
Tatum told the Hollywood Reporter that it's coming down to a choice between himself and producing partner Reid Carolin as co-directors -- which would be Tatum's first time helming a feature -- or "Magic Mike" producer Greg Jacobs as sole director.
"Right now, we're just trying to clean up the story, and then we'll make a decision," Tatum said. "But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time."
Though Tatum said that Soderbergh "has argued" for the pair to get behind the lens, the actor admitted he was intimidated to tread on the director's work -- especially if Soderbergh were to shoot the movie as director of photography, as he proposed.
"Is that good?" Tatum wondered. "Because he is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
Whoever winds up calling the shots on set, expect "Magic Mike 2" to be even wilder than its predecessor. As Soderbergh hinted previously, the film is planned to have a comedic tone while still drawing on Tatum's real-life experiences.
"It will be a road-trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama," Tatum told THR. "The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences."