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