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‘Magic Mike,’ based on a Tampa stripper, to become a trilogy

The movie stars Tampa Catholic High School graduate Channing Tatum, but no scenes will be shot locally.
Channing Tatum arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in June 2015.
Channing Tatum arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in June 2015. [ Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP ]
Published Dec. 14, 2021|Updated Dec. 17, 2021

TAMPA — Move over, Back to the Future, The Godfather and three Star Wars movie arcs, and make way for a new member of the trilogy club.

The Magic Mike franchise, the story of a Tampa stripper who, well, strips, will film a third installment titled Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

The franchise’s star — and Tampa Catholic High School graduate — Channing Tatum made the announcement via Twitter on Nov. 29.

“Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in,” he wrote.

It will premiere on the HBO Max streaming service, but no date has been set. Neither plot details nor a filming schedule have been released.

The first Magic Mike was filmed throughout the Tampa Bay area: Wilson’s Sports Lounge in St. Petersburg, Caddy’s on the Beach in Treasure Island, the Pinellas Bayway, Three Rooker Bar in Tarpon Springs and the Amphitheatre in Ybor City.

“Brief beach scenes” were shot in Tampa Bay for the sequel Magic Mike XXL, said Hillsborough County film commissioner Tyler Martinolich.

But he said that part three will not film here at all.

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The first two films earned nearly $300 million and birthed the stage show Magic Mike Live.

In 2012, when promoting the first Magic Mike, Tatum told the Tampa Bay Times that he prepared for the role by drawing from his real-life experience as a teenage exotic dancer in Tampa.

“This is just me growing up in Tampa, loving it,” Tatum said. “I was an 18-year-old kid thrown in with these crazy men who had been stripping for a long time, kind of losing themselves. I probably lost myself for a little while.”


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