Steven Soderbergh is a fantastic director; someone that appears to make stellar (if lower budget) movies at a Roger Corman-esque pace. His movie “Haywire” was fucking brilliant although criminally underwatched, and had one of the best female leads of the year, while last year’s “Contagion” did relatively average at the box office but had one of the most star-studded marquees since Soderbergh’s very own “Oceans 11/12/13″ movies. His movies may not have the appeal to the public (which is their loss, by the way) that his mainstream stars do, but he’s one of the best directors in the game right now (obviously). And he’s about to release a movie about Channing Tatum’s male stripping days.
“21 Jump Street” star Channing Tatum was briefly a male stripper back in his early days, before he broke big in the movies. When Tatum met with Soderbergh about appearing in “Haywire,” the subject came up, Soderbergh asked Channing to write a script and the rest is history; the movie (tentatively titled “Magic Mike”) comes out in June.
Soderbergh had this to say about the movie in an interview with Cinema Blend:
“[Magic Mike is] a comedy. It’s fun. It’s a party. It’s an Altman movie in that sense. It has the kind of feel. It’s not like jokes, but the people are funny… There’s no handheld [camerawork] in ‘Magic Mike’, but it’s a little more choreographed than either of [my recent films]. There’s more opportunity for movement. There are more scenes where there are multiple elements choreographed with the movement of the camera, it’s a little more operatic.”
Or check out this video from Channing’s sordid past from way, way back in the day: