Louis Leterrier’s magician heist thriller, Now You See Me, became one of the biggest films of the summer, so when a sequel was announced a short while ago, it was hardly a surprise. The film, made on a budget of just $75 million, achieved a whopping $116 million in the US alone, and went on to achieve $300 million worldwide, beating the likes of bigger budget blockbusters like The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim and After Earth. An impressive performance, and even more impressive after the disaster of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone all but destroyed the magician movie.
When the sequel was announced there was no confirmation of a director, but fans were hoping Lterrier would return, and today he has confirmed that he will be back, and that there were plans for a sequel all along.
Speaking with Coming Soon, he said:
“Obviously it was always part of it. 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.”
He then went on to talk about a deleted scene which will be added to the DVD/ Blu-ray release as an extended version. The scene was meant as a set-up for the sequel, but was not included in the cinema version:
“It was sort of ending up (with the movie) in ‘onto further adventures,’ which is fine, but we don’t really do that. We had a scene that we kept and when Lionsgate and Summit said, ‘Yeah, let’s do a sequel,’ I said, ‘Okay let’s put it on the DVD and do the longer cut. It’s after the credits, but I was very conscious of not jinxing it. This summer I saw a couple of movies where they had ‘sequelitis’ and you totally jinx it, but this was only for the DVD and only for the Blu-ray.”
No cast names have yet been confirmed, but it it likely the main cast of Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson etc would all return. Production is due to kick off next year.