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Summit Picks Up Illusionists Heist Project 'Now You See Me'

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June 7, 2010
Source: The Wrap

From The Illusionist

This sounds like it could be fantastic. The Wrap reports that Summit has picked up a spec script co-written by Boaz Yakin (The Rookie, Death in Love, Prince of Persia) and newcomer Edward Ricourt (a member of Marvel Studios' Writing Program) titled Now You See Me. (No you don't!) The story pits an FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a team of the world's greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring bank heists during performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the authorities. Doesn't that kind of sound like The Illusionist converted into a contemporary heist movie?

Now You See Me is being produced by writers/producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Other than that, we don't know much about this, like how soon it'll move into production and who they're looking at for the lead. I love heist movies, I love magicians/illusionists, I love comic book villains (not that this is about one), so this sounds like the perfect amalgamation of all of those fantastic things, and I already can't wait to see it. We'll definitely be keeping a close eye on this project. I have a feeling it'll be moving forward sooner than we know, especially because this announcement is about Summit picking up the project. Stay tuned for more!

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  • beavis
    one word - AWESOME!.........the only way it could be more awesome is if bale and norton could be in it. i think tim roth would be a good fit too.
  • I doubt we'll see Bale or Norton seeing as they did The Illusionist (which is where the above picture comes from) and The Prestige. That's probably why you're mentioning those names, but bringing them in would confuse people because they'd think it was some kind of sequel. This sounds like an Oceans 11 type ensemble cast film so I'm definitely very interested.
  • And I'm glad you used the word "illusion" Alex, a trick is something a whore does for money ;o)
  • Said
    like the "Illusionist"?
  • It's a quote from Arrested Development..
  • beavis
    #2 - that would confuse people? those movies (which were great, by the way) were from different time periods. anyone confused would have to be complete idiots........which sadly, there are many.
  • Again Beavis, Agreed that both those films were amazing, but I just don't think Bale and Norton would do another "magic movie" because they've been there already and I doubt a studio would take the risk of confusing an audience no matter how small that risk is (and most of the population doesn't spend hours reading about films like we do so they probably would get confused). Maybe I'm wrong though, but I hope they cast some new talent in this because roles for actors in the 20-30 range have really been lacking in the states lately.
  • LINKFX
    "The Illusionist" was a really piss poor movie, it had big aspirations of being something great, but the production value was bad, most of the acting was not great and or miscast(Biel and Giamatti in period Vienna?) and the visual effects were unbelievably awful..."The Prestige" on the other hand, did you guys know that entire film was shot in and around downtown Los Angeles? That's crazy. The cinematography was astounding, as was the art direction and the ability to transform Los Angeles into period London...the acting was superb and the direction was slick...I don't know, hands down "The Prestige" was way better than "The Illusionist".
  • theotherbluth
    Hahaha! #3 I was thinking of that line before I finished the article. I laughed so hard I almost spilled coffee on my $3,000 suit. I think they should talk to veteran TV/movie actor Carl Weathers, he would be perfect for this film. I would bet my $4,000 suit on it!
  • Any idea when that Arrested Development documentary is being released? I watched a trailer for it a year ago and still nothing, Come on!
  • Trademark
    Jus throwin it out there that Bale wasnt in The Illusionist, but The Prestige lol

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