'Magic Mike' based on Channing's experiences as male stripper

Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are teaming on an indie drama tentatively titled “Magic Mike,” set in the world of male strippers — and drawing from Channing’s experiences as a stripper when he was a 19 year old in Tampa.

“This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven,” Tatum said in Friday’s announcement.

Film will be produced by Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, who is also writing the script. The film follows “Magic Mike,” played by Tatum, as he schools a young dancer in how to hustle, both on and off the stage.

“When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie,” Soderbergh said in a statement. “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.”

Soderbergh and Tatum worked together on “Haywire.” Start date for shooting has not been set.

Tatum will next be seen in “The Vow” and “Ten Year” and is currently in production on “21 Jump Street.”

Soderbergh is currently in post-production on “Contagion” and is set to direct “Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Tatum is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Craig Jacobson. Soderbergh is repped by Anonymous Content and Mike Adler.

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