If you haven't gotten around to actually watching Magic Mike for yourself and all you know of it are the stories of the rowdy crowds of women who threw dollar bills at theater screens, you may not realize that it's actually a good movie. It's more than just hot guys stripping. It's funny and charming and does a commendable job of showing a slightly realistic look at the not-so-glamorous life of being a sex object.
Don't expect that in the sequel, though. Expect more stripping and more rowdiness; less clothes and less plot. Why? Star Channing Tatum explained it thusly to The Hollywood Reporter:
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. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences.
It doesn't take much to read between the lines there. Magic Mike 2 is going to cut out the BS. Fans want to throw dollar bills at a movie theater screen? They're going to give them every reason to this time around.
Tatum also revealed to THR that there's a chance he may even direct this movie, and that Steven Soderbergh might serve as the film's cinematographer. And if you think that sounds like a strange combination, don't worry, even he realizes what kind of position that'd put him in:
But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. Steven has argued [for us to do so]. He has said he would shoot it; he would DP it. And there's another thing: Is that good? 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.
Eloquently put, Channing. Eloquently put.