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03/29/2014 11:05 am ET Updated Mar 29, 2014

'Magic Mike' Sequel Will Be Called 'Magic Mike XXL,' Directed By Steven Soderbergh's AD

This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a sc
This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from "Magic Mike." Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer play fire men, cops and other exaggerated versions of hyper-masculine characters in the Steven Soderbergh film, and they say preparing for their parts and performing nearly nude for the dozens of female extras who populated the fake Club Xquisite gave the actors insight into women's grooming, undergarments and approach to carnal fantasy. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claudette Barius)

We basically already knew that "Magic Mike 2" was happening, but now we have some vital missing details: a title and a director. IndieWire's The Playlist reports the movie will go by the name of "Magic Mike XXL," because no good male-stripper sequel can be called something stodgy like "Magic Mike 2."

Greg Jacobs will helm the follow-up. Jacobs is the go-to assistant director for Steven Soderbergh, who directed the original "Magic Mike," which means Jacobs has worked on "Erin Brockovich," the "Ocean's" trilogy and "Contagion." Soderbergh will remain an executive producer of the sequel.

Channing Tatum revealed way back in July 2012 that a "Magic Mike" sequel was in the works. He's co-writing the script with Reid Carolin, who penned the original. Tatum flirted at one point with taking over the director's chair as well.

Shortly before the title and director were announced on Friday, Joe Manganiello told Collider that the "Magic Mike" follow-up will shoot this fall. "I think they’re going to announce it soon," he said. "It was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys.”

There's still no "official" announcement from Warner Bros., which distributed the 2012 dramedy, but Manganiello said that should arrive soon.

"Magic Mike" was a runaway hit with critics and moviegoers. It earned positive reviews, and Matthew McConaughey's performance was touted as an Oscar contender. It racked up an impressive $167 million at the global box office.

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