Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the original male stripper flick penned by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, tweeted a shot of the sequel’s clapperboard on Sunday, adding, “It’s ON!” While he’s passed the director’s torch to his oft-collaborator Gregory Jacobs (who was Soderbergh’s first assistant director on Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra and the Ocean’s films, among other films), he has signed on as XXL’s director of photography, camera operator and film editor.
“He worked as a producer on the  movie and has been Steven’s right-hand man for almost 25 movies,” Tatum, who also stars in the second film, told The Hollywood Reporter last summer of Jacobs’ lead on XXL. But Tatum admitted that it would be intimidating to have Soderbergh behind the camera. “He is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don’t want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you.”
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