2012 has definitely been Channing Tatum’s year—his romantic drama The Vow nearly scored $200 million in box office receipts; in March, he was the star (with Jonah Hill) of the surprisingly not bad 21 Jump Street film adaptation/reboot; then, this summer, there was a little Steven Soderbergh movie called Magic Mike.  The story of a male stripper (Tatum), the $7 million went on to rake in $154 at the box office and scored high critical marks.  And now, with his clout, Tatum plans on taking the director’s seat.

While it leaked earlier this year that Tatum was considering directing himself in a Magic Mike sequel (please keep your Electric Boogaloo jokes to yourself), it appears that Tatum, along with his producing partner Reid Carolin is going to take the process of switching from actor to director very slowly.  As Cinema Blend notes, “he’s been studying the trajectory of Ben Affleck, who made the transition from starring in mindless action fare like Paycheck and Reindeer Games to writing and directing taut, critically heralded crime dramas.”

Moreover, Tatum wants to play it smart and begin with a small film, rather than a Magic Mike 2:

“Reid and I aren’t idiots! 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 Magic Mike 2].”

He then went on, though, to talk about how the Magic Mike sequel would be something much larger:

“We want to do the sequel. It’s too good of a movie, and the characters are so crazy, that we want to go for it. We feel like we did the little indie version this last time, and for the next one, we want to up the stakes a little, maybe go even farther.”

What do you think of the Channing Tatum news?

Source: Cinema Blend