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Last summer, we knew Magic Mike 2 was happening, but with Steven Soderbergh retiring from filmmaking, no one was sure who would direct. There was a chance that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin might step up to direct, and Soderbergh said he would help out as director of photography, but it sounds like the sequel is going with another name from behind the scenes of the original male stripper movie. The Playlist has learned that the film will be appropriately and hilariously called Magic Mike Xxl, and first assistant director Greg Jacobs is stepping up to direct it. More below! This isn't all that surprising, and it's not a choice out of left field, because Jacobs has been working with Soderbergh for years. Jacobs has been Soderbergh's go-to Ad starting with King of the Hill and running through the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Out of Sight, Bubble, Erin Brockovich, »

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