Magic Mike 2 will recycle plot ideas from first movie

Steven Soderbergh says that there's a story in place that was supposed to be used in the first film.

A sequel to the hit comedy-drama 'Magic Mike' is already in progress, according to director Steven Soderbergh.

And as well as hopefully reuniting the cast of the first film – which included Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello – it will also pick up some of the plot details that weren't used.

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“It's getting pretty far along,” Soderbergh told PrideSource. “There were some stories and events that Channing lived through that we just couldn't fit in the first one.

“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.

Soderbergh is now semi-retired from the movie business, but has said that he will continue to be involved with the production should it get the green light.

“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,” he added. “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.”

Tatum, who played Mike Lane in the film, is potentially up for directing the sequel with his production partner and screenwriter Reid Carolin, who penned and produced the first film.

“Reid and I aren't idiots!” he told Vulture last year. “We're not going to direct our first movie as a sequel to a Steven Soderbergh movie. That's not smart.

“I want to start with something very small... make a lot of mistakes, make them real early, and then go jump in [on the sequel].”

The first film, was a box office smash, made on a tiny $7 million budget, but grossing $167 million.