Now You See Me was a surprise hit last year. The Louis Leterrier directed magician thriller took everybody by surprise, won masses of critical acclaim, and went on the achieve a whopping box office haul of $352 million, on a budget of $75 million. It’s safe to say the film was a success, so it was not exactly unexpected when a sequel was announced last just over a year ago.
In April last year, Leterrier explained:
“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.”
Louis Leterrier directed the original from a script by Edward Ricourt, Boaz Yakin and Ed Solomon with a team of four magicians — also known as The Four Horsemen — pulling off a series of daring heists against a corrupt bank. “Now You See Me” was produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Mark Ruffalo are all expected to reprise their roles in the sequel.
Leterrier is currently prepping the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby, due for release next year, so he will now not be returning to direct Now You See Me 2.
Lionsgate are now looking for a new director, and early reports claimed that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jem and the Holograms) is top of their list to replace Leterrier.
Variety shed further light on the rumours, stating that Chu is now in talks to helm Now You See Me 2, so it is looking likely that he could be the new director. However, he has also agreed to direct G.I. Joe 3 so I guess he will be making a decision as to his next film very shortly.
It is a real shame that Leterrier won’t be returning to direct a sequel to his own smash hit though.