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Steven Soderberg Exploring Channing Tatum's Stripping Years

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For a while now, Steven Soderbergh has been saying he'll be done directing after he finishes his Liberace biopic and a remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and word is he still does plan to go ahead with that retirement plan--but not before the guy gets some footage of G.I. Joe in a thong. According to Deadline, in between what were meant to be his final two films Soderbergh will squeeze in Magic Mike, a Showgirls double-feature companion piece described as "a story of friendship set in the world of male strippers." Channing Tatum would play the lead stripper friend, and also provides the inspiration for the tale, having himself been an exotic dancer when he was 19.

Soderbergh said of the project:

"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."

I just hope it doesn't give away too much of what happens at a bachelorette party. I already have a very clear vision of what I want to belligerently accuse my future wife of doing at hers.

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