Channing Tatum confirms 'Magic Mike' sequel

(L-R) Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and

(L-R) Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in "Magic Mike." (Credit: Warner Bros./Claudette Barius)

Next up for Channing Tatum, star of the box-office smash "Magic Mike," will be a sequel to the male-stripper drama as well as a possible biopic of stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel.

Tatum, 32, told Glamour magazine's British edition Wednesday that, "We're working on the concept now" for 'Magic Mike 2,' " adding, "We want to flip the script and make it bigger."

Also, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is in negotiations with Columbia Pictures to star as Knievel, who began leaping over cars and other obstacles in 1965, but became a star in the 1970s with jumps over vans, Greyhound buses and Idaho's Snake River Canyon.

Tatum would produce with Reid Carolin, his partner in the production company Iron Horse Entertainment. Carolin, who wrote the screenplay for "Magic Mike" and was also one of the film's producers, would write this screenplay, based on Stuart Barker's 2004 book, "Life of Evel."

Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who recently acquired the rights to the erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey," are also among the producers.

Tatum's spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, was previously portrayed on film by George Hamilton in the 1971 film biography "Evel Knievel." The daredevil played a fictionalized version of himself in the 1977 action feature "Viva Knievel!" in which his character battled a drug lord played by Leslie Nielsen and was assisted by an alcoholic mechanic played by Gene Kelly. Knievel died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2007 at age 69.

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