'Magic Mike' Heads to Broadway, Plus Which Unlikely Director Almost Made the Movie?

'Magic Mike' Heads to Broadway, Plus Which Unlikely Director Almost Made the Movie?

Jun 26, 2012

Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike doesn't unveil itself until this Friday, but there's already a nice buzz surrounding the stripper tale featuring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer. That extends to the Broadway stage as well, according to a report from THR. Apparently Magic Mike screenwriter Reid Carolin — who also co-produced with star Tatum — sees the all-male revue as a musical, which is already in the works.
The scribe pitched the stage version as "more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club," with a different story. "I'm almost more excited about that than the movie, because I think it's the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show," he shared. We can envision the same thing, particularly since shows like The Full Monty — another movie not just focusing on male flesh — have proven their popularity. 
Star Pettyfer — who plays the novice dancer, schooled by Tatum's titular character — expressed interest. "I think we should all do the opening night," he said. We don't see that happening, but it's ok to dream. If you want to play Broadway casting director, share your picks to replace the men at club Xquisite, and let us know if you'd be down for the male stripper stage adaptation.
In other Magic Mike news, we caught an interesting tidbit of backstory on The Playlist, who reported that a totally different director almost made the film. After Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, which followed a Manhattan call girl and the challenges in her personal and professional life, it wasn't a big stretch to see the director behind a movie about male, nude dancers. Can you envision Nicolas Winding Refn making the movie, though? Apparently after the filmmaker made the incredible Bronson, he almost worked with Tatum on a thriller that fell apart. The two got to talking about reuniting for another movie, and eventually Refn was a potential for Magic Mike. Things fell apart there too, Soderbergh quickly swooped in (after a successful collaboration with the actor on Haywire), and the rest is history. There are no words for the movie we're imagining by Refn, but we bet it'd have a killer soundtrack.

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