HBO Max orders ‘Magic Mike’ reality competition series; Tatum & Soderbergh attached

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WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has ordered a new unscripted competition series based on the Magic Mike movie franchise, with Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh attached.

The series, with the working title of The Real Magic Mike is being produced by Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon, and is expected to debut on the streamer later this year.

Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh, the star and director, respectively, of the original Magic Mike film are attached to executive produce the series, alongside Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer.

The original Magic Mike films were comedy dramas that delved into the world of male stripping and the show is described as an “exhilarating and sexy series that will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes”. The competition will follow 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ come to perform spectacular dance 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, who will win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.

“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,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “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.”

Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” added Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. “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.”

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