Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Stephen Soderbergh's critically and commercially successful male-stripper drama, will hit theaters in July 2013, Variety reports.
The original, starring Channing Tatum as the titular rumpshaker, grossed more than $167 million worldwide in 2012, despite costing only $7 million. Warner Bros has pegged the followup for July 3, 2015, putting it up against the next Terminator film over the long Independence Day weekend.
“Yeah, it’s gonna happen this fall. I think they’re going to announce it soon,” co-star Joe Manganiello told Collider recently. “It’s crazy. I didn’t think that would be my first franchise... I can’t wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys.”
Production will begin in the fall, with Gregory Jacobs (first assistant director on Behind the Candelabra, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven and the first Magic Mike) will direct, with a script co-written by Tatum and Reid Carolin, who collaborated on the original.
Tatum and Manganiello have confirmed they'll be in it but it's not clear if Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer or Matthew McConaughey will make a appearance.