Chippendales and Broadway are coming together in a musical adaption of the hit film “Magic Mike.”
The star of the 2012 male stripper dramedy, Channing Tatum, confirmed to Deadline.com via Twitter Monday that the semi-autobiographical film, based on his former career as a stripper, is currently in the early stages of planning its Broadway debut.
â€” Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) July 23, 2013
While it is currently unknown if Tatum, 33, will reprise his role as Mike, a popular Tampa, Fla., stripper and construction worker looking to revamp his career to become a custom furniture creator, he is confirmed to be working as a producer for the show. “This goes down as one huge success, no matter how the stage incarnation works out,” the show’s creative team said in a statement, also confirming a second film is in the works. “The group is fast-tracking the project to the stage while also prepping starting the ball rolling on a sequel to the 2012 'Magic Mike' film.”
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is best known for his work on the revamp of the current Broadway production “Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark,” has been brought on to write the book for the musical, which will reportedly stay true to the film’s storyline. The creators of the Tony award-winning “Next To Normal,” Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, have been hired to write the songs for the show. Steven Soderbergh, the director of the original film, has also signed on to serve as a producer alongside Tatum.
“Magic Mike” opened in theatres in June of 2012 and has garnered a lifetime gross topping $113 million at the box office. The film, which also stars Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer as strippers, received largely positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter classified the film as having “naturalistic performances,” with ABC News calling the flick “funny and smart.”