Channing Tatum has played down the chances of a sequel to Logan Lucky, although he insisted that if Steven Soderbergh wants to do a follow-up he would jump at the opportunity to return.
Tatum made the above admission to me back in September when I spoke to him about his vocal work in “Smallfoot,” responding to my query about the teased sequel to “Logan Lucky” with, “I’ve done so many movies now with Steven and nothing is ever off the table with him.”
“But it is not in the works. Not that I know of. Generally he hates repeating himself. I would be shocked if he wanted to reload on that movie. We had a lot of fun doing it.”
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“But he just likes to keep moving and doing stuff he has never done before. That movie had smackings of something he had done before, with the ‘Ocean’ films.”
“I don’t know if he would want to do another one. But all of us loved doing the movie, so I’m sure we could come back and do it again, though.”
WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for “Logan Lucky.”
So if you haven’t seen the film, which revolves around Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig robbing a Nascar speedway event, A) What the hell have you been doing? It has been out for well over a year. And, B) Please don’t read ahead.
After the robbery, the final act of the film sees Hilary Swank and Macon Blair’s FBI agents hot on the heels of Tatum's Jimmy Logan.
However, Jimmy's strict adherence to his robbery rules and, after being paid back by their insurers, speedway's disinterest in finding the culprit means the investigation peters out and is close after six months.
The final scene, though, sees Swank's agent visit the bar where Clyde Logan (Driver) works as a bartender to spy on Clyde, Jimmy and their weapon expert Joe Bang (Craig) as they enjoy a drink.
Soderbergh isn’t adverse to a sequel, having made two follow-ups to “Ocean’s 11.” While, during an interview with the New York Times ahead of its release, Bleecker Street confirmed they had “dibs” on a second film, which suggests it had already been discussed.
Plus, while "Logan Lucky" only made $48.5 million at the box office, it did cost just $29 million to make, and it scored 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, too.
Most importantly, though, there’s obviously plenty more story for the intriguing and hilarious characters to tell, and a lot of people that would like to see it.