Louis Leterrier Returning to Direct NOW YOU SEE ME Sequel

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It may be a little tough to believe, but the magician heist pic Now You See Me was one of the highest grossing films of this summer.  With a domestic gross of $116 million, the film made more at the U.S. box office than tentpoles like The Hangover Part III, Pacific Rim, White House Down, and yes The Lone Ranger.  As such, it didn’t come as a huge shock when Summit Entertainment announced that it was moving forward with a sequel, with filming planned to get underway in 2014.  While we still don’t know anything about the film’s plot, director Louis Leterrier has now confirmed that he will be returning to the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more, including how a sequel was always a part of the plan.

now-you-see-me-2-sequel-jesse-eisenbergSpeaking with ComingSoon, Leterrier confirmed that he will return to helm Now You See Me 2, and revealed that the first film was always planned as one half of a larger story:

“I’m currently, not writing, but we’re coming up with the story, the plot, the everything, the twist and the new characters and everything. It was always at least a diptych, two movies, to tell one long story, so yeah, I’m very much involved in it. I don’t know if it’s going to be my next movie. I know we want to do it pretty fast but I might be able to do another movie in between.”

It’s unclear how many characters from the first film will be back, but if Now You See Me was indeed planned as a potential franchise, one imagines Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, etc. are contractually signed on for at least a second film.  With filming set to get underway next year, we should hear more about the Now You See Me sequel soon.

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  • Hannes

    The first one was one of the summers worst films, why do we need a second one? what could it be about? we got the twist, we got an ending, we don’t need more.

    • Bob

      Lol, no. Was it amazing? No. Was it even good? No. It was okay, with a fun cast, nice effects, and a twist no one saw coming even if it didn’t shock you(it did shock/surprise me though).

      There was way worse films like The Lone Ranger, White House Down, R.I.P.D., and The Hangover Part III.

      • thatguy

        No I have to agree with Hannes. It was terrible. It was overly long, it wasted a great cast, was senselessly directed, and basically ruined magic. A twist no one saw coming? Hardly. *Spoiler Alert: it was fairly obvious that Ruffalo was going to be the son. The only reason there was any “twist” is because Ruffalo was the ONE character we actually got to spend any screen time with and in that time, even when he was alone his actions were always completely contrary to him being the string puller. It’s exactly like the CGI fake magic. The movie pulls something out of nothing in a completely unbelievable way in a manner that leaves you thinking not “how did they do that” but instead “that was clearly fake”.

      • thatguy

        No I have to agree with Hannes. It was terrible. It was overly long, it wasted a great cast, was senselessly directed, and basically ruined magic. A twist no one saw coming? Hardly. *Spoiler Alert: it was fairly obvious that Ruffalo was going to be the son. The only reason there was any “twist” is because Ruffalo was the ONE character we actually got to spend any screen time with and in that time, even when he was alone his actions were always completely contrary to him being the string puller. It’s exactly like the CGI fake magic. The movie pulls something out of nothing in a completely unbelievable way in a manner that leaves you thinking not “how did they do that” but instead “that was clearly fake”.

  • Mezmero

    I got to watch this one before I see a sequel. He is a solid director and
    Woody Is one of best at acting.

  • Chitwood Blows

    pacific rim domestic total $99,289,719 as of 8/27/13 +
    foreign total $298,100,00 as of 8/25/13
    = $397,389,719.00

    GET FUCKED CHITWOOD

  • smellyfishfingers

    Watched this film last night and oh my god it was terrible. You didnt care about any of the characters and jesse eisenberg is the most annoying ducker. Louis letrrier can suck the emotion out of a funeral. I gave more of a damn about oceans 13 characters than these the magic tricks were terrible…why oh why do we get to see them again? The best trick of the movie was mark ruffalo made them all disappear…because he is shriek the real man behind it all.

  • lobtaylor

    Loved the first one. It was mos def original and well acted. Cant wait for part 2

  • Scurvy

    I enjoyed the movie. In a summer full of big blow em up movies, this was one of the few ‘different’ movies out there which I think is why it made so much money. This was definitely the summer of blockbuster fatigue.

  • Scurvy

    I enjoyed the movie. In a summer full of big blow em up movies, this was one of the few ‘different’ movies out there which I think is why it made so much money. This was definitely the summer of blockbuster fatigue.

  • Strong Enough

    horrible film. and still no Dredd sequel lmao

  • Strong Enough

    horrible film. and still no Dredd sequel lmao

  • Drake

    Just saw the first one a few days ago. It was fun enough. I definitely wouldn’t mind spending more time with The Four Horsemen.

  • Jonboy

    SPOILER ALERT..
    SERIOUSLY…
    If Ruffalo was the mystery man then shouldn’t he have been underplayed and mysterious in the movie and not be the guy accusing everyone and being suspicious when NO OTHER CHARACTERS WERE WATCHING HIM! All his dramatic dialogue and chasing was just for the audience and made ridiculous sense for the story. Plus the story pace was so bad you only paid attention to Ruffalo… I hope next time they actually have impressive magic that can be done and not CGI it just makes it more sad. I think if they want the next movie to work they should change the director.. nt have some guy who is so unfocussed on the project that he has time to make another movie in between..

    • thatguy

      I completely agree.

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