Steven Soderbergh Un-Retires for Channing Tatum Male Stripper Movie

Tatum's life as a 19-year-old stripper to be directed by the Oscar-winning director of Traffic.

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You know, when Steven Soderbergh announced that he would retire from filmmaking after completing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and his Liberace biopic, we knew he'd be back. We thought he'd stay the course longer than a month and a half, but we knew it would happen eventually. What we did not expect was that the project to renew his enthusiasm for filmmaking would be a biography about the star of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Soderbergh will now be directing Magic Mike, based on Channing Tatum's experiences as a 19-year-old male stripper who made good. Yeah, that's a surprise.

But at least Soderbergh seems genuinely enthused about the project, after previously threatening to shoot himself if he had to scout for locations one more time. In a statement given to Deadline, Soderbergh said, "When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard for a movie… I said I wanted in immediately. It's sexy, funny and shocking. We're using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we're on the right track."

Tatum will play his own mentor in the movie, which will focus on male friendship… a curious choice of themes for a film likely to contain enough male flesh to turn off the target audience of, well, males.

Crave Online will return with more Magic Mike news if someone could just give us change for a twenty.