Director Louis Leterrier has been signed to direct a sequel to his hit summer magician caper film Now You See Me.
In a summer packed with superheroes and some super duds, the film actually turned out to be one of the few bona fide hits of the season, pulling in some $295 million at the worldwide box office against a mere $75 million production budget.
Leterrier confirmed his participation with Coming Soon, stating that he was already at work on developing the sequel’s storyline –
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.
Lionsgate is reportedly looking at having the sequel in production at some time in 2014, though at what point in the year seems not to be nailed down yet. Leterrier admits to being unsure as to when cameras will role.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be my next movie,” he states. “I know we want to do it pretty fast but I might be able to do another movie in between.”
Presumably we’ll see the return of the major cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher – and perhaps even that of Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine’s characters as well. And that’s fine by me. I found the first film to be a highly enjoyable caper film that whisked me along in such a way that I really didn’t mind its small flaws that revealed themselves when I thought about it afterwards.