G.I. JOE 2 Director Jon M. Chu May Direct NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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One of the more surprising box office hits of last year was the magician adventure pic Now You See Me.  The film had a solid opening weekend, but it continued to do swell business in the ensuing weeks, going on to gross $351.7 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.  As with most successful studio films where everyone doesn’t die at the end, Summit Entertainment began to move forward on a prospective sequel.  Following the official Now You See Me 2 announcement, Summit expressed its desire to begin filming in 2014, and while director Louis Leterrier was expected to return, he’s currently busy gearing up to helm the action-comedy Grimsby.  As such, Summit is on the hunt for a new director for the magician sequel, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is reportedly at the top of their list.  More after the jump.

now-you-see-me-2-jesse-eisenberg-woody-harrelsonPer The Wrap, Jon M. Chu has emerged as the frontrunner to take over the director’s chair on the sequel Now You See Me 2.  Nearly the entire cast from the first film—Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Mark Ruffalo—are expected to return for the follow-up (the studio likely had options on their contracts for a sequel), but plot details for the film are unknown at this point.

Chu made the step up to blockbuster features with the action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation after helming the dance-centric Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and the concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.  The filmmaker most recently wrapped an indie adaptation of the 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, and was attached to come back for G.I. Joe 3, but Dwayne Johnson previously told us that the filmmaker won’t be returning for the Hasbro sequel.

One of my biggest issues with Now You See Me was that most of the magic was done using CG effects, making it seem all the more fake.  The cast appeared to be having fun (though Fisher had all but four or five lines in the entire film), but I’m not exactly itching to see a follow-up and I’ll admit Chu’s involvement doesn’t really make the prospect seem more enticing.  If Chu does land the job, I would hope to see more emphasis on practical effects and character work rather than trying to structure the entire film as one big magic trick.

What about you, readers?  Were you a fan of Now You See Me?  Would Chu be your choice to helm the follow-up?  What other alternative filmmakers would you propose?  Sound off in the comments below.




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  • Leo Spaceman

    GI Joe 2 was one of the most poorly put together mishmash of scenes with absolute minimal character development. It was poorly executed and one of the few films where you can really see that the fault lay strongly with its director. The best way I can describe Chu is he is a budget version of Michael Bay, only worse.

    Now you see me is one of the dumbest movies with the most illogical ending ever to make it to the big screen. We aren’t using real magic, but in the end it is real magic maybe and the guy who has been chasing us this entire time is actually the guy who has been guiding us this entire time. Also F**k Dave Franco.

    This will be a disaster.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I personally enjoyed the 2nd GI Joe over the 1st film. It was a fun B movie IMO. I guess because I never had a deep love for GI Joe and just played w the toys as a child I really didn’t have an issue w the cheesy plot. I did like that Chu went for practical effects over CGI mess from the 1st film relied so heavily on.
      But yes Chu being brought in does not inspire confidence as the 1st film wasn’t a great film to begin with and people only showed up because of the great cast an entriguing premise.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I don’t give a damn at all about GI Joe as a franchise. I just really thought it was a terrible film. The Snakeeyes Scenes were good and all, but I remember the finally being absolutely pointless. Bruce Willis came in and did some stuff, and The Rock just drove around in some DuneBuggy with a Machine Gun on it. There was some guy that did something, and the hot model badass with a chip on her shoulder that had to prove that she could play with the boys suddenly learned her dad loved her because Surprise! Bruce Willis served with him and told her he was proud of her.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I don’t give a damn at all about GI Joe as a franchise. I just really thought it was a terrible film. The Snakeeyes Scenes were good and all, but I remember the finally being absolutely pointless. Bruce Willis came in and did some stuff, and The Rock just drove around in some DuneBuggy with a Machine Gun on it. There was some guy that did something, and the hot model badass with a chip on her shoulder that had to prove that she could play with the boys suddenly learned her dad loved her because Surprise! Bruce Willis served with him and told her he was proud of her.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I don’t give a damn at all about GI Joe as a franchise. I just really thought it was a terrible film. The Snakeeyes Scenes were good and all, but I remember the finally being absolutely pointless. Bruce Willis came in and did some stuff, and The Rock just drove around in some DuneBuggy with a Machine Gun on it. There was some guy that did something, and the hot model badass with a chip on her shoulder that had to prove that she could play with the boys suddenly learned her dad loved her because Surprise! Bruce Willis served with him and told her he was proud of her.

  • Christian

    The first Now You See Me was a strange movie. It wasn’t really about the advertised stars and the mythology was really confusing. It was never clear whether the (SPOILER) secret society was real or just fabricated to catch the attention of the four rookies.

    I feel like there must be a lot of deleted material that would make it a fuller movie. After all, why would they bother to cast Elias Koteas as nothing more than a face on a newspaper?

    • Farrell

      yeah, first film was terrible…a jumbled mess that didn’t make any sense. So OF COURSE IT’S GETTING A SEQUEL.

  • Dilbert Kiklestein

    Now You See Me was one of…scratch that, THE worst movie I think I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot)

  • Dilbert Kiklestein

    Now You See Me was one of…scratch that, THE worst movie I think I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot)

  • 80sRobot

    It should be titled Now You See Me Too.

    • Lloyd Christmas

      You mean Now You See Me To!

      • bfhbhfb

        If you were trying to not be funny you succeeded

  • NICK НΛRT

    they’re really not gonna call it “now you don’t”? aw who cares, it will be trash no matter what

  • Stupid Studios

    World hunger, climate change and the disappearance of the middle class and they choose to throw 100 million dollars at this shit?!?

  • munchkinland13

    Despite my extremely low expectations, Now You See Me turned out to be better than I expected and I hope the same happens with the sequel. I do agree that the film should call for more practical tricks and rely less on technology for the illusions. I think a little respect is gained for movies who choose to rely less on CG tricks and instead of taking the easy way out, make good use of the actor’s skills.
    I’m excited for the sequel but nervous, as sequels are typically not as good as the original.

  • munchkinland13

    Despite my extremely low expectations, Now You See Me turned out to be better than I expected and I hope the same happens with the sequel. I do agree that the film should call for more practical tricks and rely less on technology for the illusions. I think a little respect is gained for movies who choose to rely less on CG tricks and instead of taking the easy way out, make good use of the actor’s skills.
    I’m excited for the sequel but nervous, as sequels are typically not as good as the original.

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