'Magic Mike' Set for Reality Competition on HBO Max

Saturday April 10, 2021
Originally published on April 9, 2021

A publicity still from "Magic Mike"
A publicity still from "Magic Mike"  (Source:WB)

You want to be the next Magic Mike? Thanks to HBO Max, Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh, that could be a reality.

Indiewire reports, per the HBO Max's official logline, that Tatum, Soderbergh and the streaming network have "announced a new unscripted competition series under the working title 'The Real Magic Mike,' executive produced by Tatum and Soderbergh. A nationwide casting search for contestants is currently underway, and the series will debut on HBO Max later this year."

Per HBO Max's official logline: "The Real Magic Mike" will "transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes." Ten men who have "lost their magic" will be chosen "to bare their souls and more as they evolve their bodies, learn to perform spectacular routines, and develop a new level of self-confidence. As they strip off their clothes, they will rid themselves of emotional baggage and regain their mojo but only one will be the Real Magic Mike. He will win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster 'Magic Mike Live' stage in Las Vegas."

The initial film in the franchise "Magic Mike" was released in 2012 and was based on Tatum's experiences as a male stripper before he became a Hollywood actor. The cast included Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, and Adam Rodriguez. "The film was a box office hit, grossing $167 worldwide on a reported $7 million budget. The 2015 sequel, 'Magic Mike XXL,' topped $120 million at the worldwide box office."

The latest iteration of the franchise was praised by Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, who said in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We're looking forward to giving fans a front row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent."

HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey added, "From box office hits to sold-out live shows, 'Magic Mike' has proven to be a pop culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe. We're excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind 'Magic Mike Live' to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out."

Since the release of the second film, the property has been developed as a stage show in Las Vegas and Australia." For more on the Las Vegas show, visit its website. And check out these pics from its Instagram.