Is it time to see Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young lover Scott Thorson yet? Beyond the Candelabra will be screening at the 66th Cannes Film Festival soon, and HBO will be airing the film about the flamboyant pianist on May 26, but we bring you other Steven Soderbergh news today. According to The Playlist [via PrideSource.com] the director said the Magic Mike sequel — which star Channing Tatum expressed an interest in directing and Soderbergh is assisting him with behind the scenes — would reunite all the stars of the stripper tale and include axed plot ideas from the first film.
"There were some stories and events that Channing lived through that we just couldn't fit in the first one," Soderbergh said. "One of them is a really hilarious and very cinematic idea that we reluctantly didn't put in the first film, because it was such a big idea you could build a whole film out of it — but we didn't want to build that film out of it. It's perfect for this, though." Tatum previously described the follow-up as a "road movie" and "broad comedy," but those are all the plot details we have so far.
It seems that Soderbergh, although retired, is taking on a mentor/producer role as Tatum develops the story: "I want to help. I have some proprietary feelings about it, obviously. I want to make sure it gets done and done well, so we meet every couple of weeks to talk about where it's going. But it's gonna be good. It's a good idea. It's not a retread. And there will be more time spent with the characters — all of them."
I'd be interested to see if Mike can really stay away from the strip clubs and if Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) ever made it to Miami, but I'm less excited about revisiting the lives of other characters — like Cody Horn's Brooke who questions (guilts, browbeats… ) Mike's decisions. In the end, just as Mike sees her as a way out of the "lifestyle," Brooke's path to Mike is a way out of her cruddy relationship.
How about you? Is this a story you can spend another two hours in the theater for, or has the magic of Mike faded?