Just weeks after securing director Gregory Jacobs, the Magic Mike sequel, currently titled Magic Mike XXL, has been given a July 3, 2015 release date. The sequel currently has the date all to itself, but it will debut just two days after Paramount's Terminator: Genesis opens on July 1, 2015.
Channing Tatum is co-writing the script with his Magic Mike collaborator Reid Carolin. The actor recently spoke about the writing process in an interview with MTV, where he revealed that he has been working on the script with Reid Carolin for the past two months.
"[We started writing] probably like two months ago. With my partner Reid I was like, 'Ah it'll write itself, it's fine'-not the case. Not the case at all."
It has been widely believed that the rest of the Magic Mike cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Bomer are returning. While no deals have been signed yet, Channing Tatum said he believes everyone is coming back.
"I think everyone's gonna be back, I think. Obviously no one's deals are done which is always kind of scary."
The actor/writer/producer also said that the sequel will be a road trip movie, while hinting that there will be a lighter tone.
"This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don't wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don't want to make it some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people. This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a shit-ton of fun. A shit-ton of just ridiculous stuff that you would never see in a movie."
It isn't known when production will begin, but with the July 2015 release date already scheduled, shooting will likely start sooner rather than later. Director Gregory Jacobs previously served as producer and assistant director to Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike, and he also directed Criminal in 2004 and Wind Chill in 2007.
Magic Mike was one of the surprise hits of 2012, earning $167 million worldwide from just a $7 million production budget.