The legendary cinematographer Steven Soderbergh has once again renounced his 'retirement' to get involved with his old chums from 2012's Magic Mike.
Although he will not be directing [Magic Mike XXL](movie:452782), Soderbergh will be lighting, shooting and editing the naughty affair, which seems like a lot of work for somebody who turned their back on the film industry in 2009!
Soderburghs long term collaborator, Greg Jacobs will be running the show, but Soderburgh was reluctant to give up the reigns entirely. He explained that;
I want to be there, but I don't want to be the director. I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don't want to be the frontman this time
Apparently, it wasn't easy to persuade him to get back on board the good ship male stripper though. Channing Tatum explained how he had to press hard to get Soderburgh to return. When questioned about Soderburgh's retirement by he told GQ magazine that;
It's super complicated, in my opinion, why he wanted to stop doing film. I lobbied probably harder than anybody else—we had many, many nights of heated debate. I was, 'I don't fucking get it! Why?' And he's like, 'I don't need it
Let's just hope there aren't any professional clashes on set spoiling the light hearted feel of the movie. Working with such a familiar team but no longer being in charge sounds like it could lead to some serious back-seat driving from Soderburgh...
Do you think it was a good decision for Soderburgh to return to Magic Mike XXL?