Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum is preparing to take a break from acting to focus on his directorial debut.
The "Magic Mike" star will stop taking on movie roles in order to work with production partner Reid Carolin on a number of new projects. He tells EW.com, "(Reid and I) have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in (the works). By the end of next year, we're going to shut things down and write the first thing that we're going to direct. We're going to be like, all right, no more acting parts for a minute, let's take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.
"I love the steps that I've taken acting-wise," he says. "That has been a wild sort of exploration. But I don't want to just keep putting (directing) off for these fun and incredible opportunities." Tatum credits his "Magic Mike" director, Steven Soderbergh, with helping him understand the filmmaking process: "I don't think Reid and I would have the balls to try to make a movie without learning what we did from Soderbergh and (assistant director) Greg Jacobs. It was like a crazy, crash course Cliffs Notes on directing and how to make movies, literally get them done."