Louis Leterrier Returning to Direct 'Now You See Me' Sequel at Summit
by Ethan Anderton
August 28, 2013
Earlier this month, we learned that Summit Entertainment was beginning development on a sequel to Now You See Me. While we're hoping for a title like Now You Don't as opposed to the Now You See Me Too, the one thing we know for certain about the sequel is that director Louis Leterrier will be back to direct. ComingSoon has the story that Lionsgate and Summit will bring Leterrier back for the sequel after speaking with the director today. In fact, he revealed that a scene was shot that set up a sequel, but they decided not to jinx the first film and it ended up on the cutting room floor. But you will still get to see it.
The Blu-Ray/DVD release of the film on September 3rd will have a longer cut of the film, and the sequel set-up scene will be included after the credits. As for the state of the sequel, the director says:
"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."
It's nice to hear that there were plans for a sequel before the film did well at the box office, so the decision wasn't solely made on box office greed. The question is whether or not Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco will all be back for the sequel, and if Mark Ruffalo will come along too. We're bettering the latter won't be able to if the film gets off the ground next year because he has to shoot The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We're not sure what Harrelson's schedule is like with The Hunger Games franchise, but that might create some scheduling issues. We'll do our best to keep you updated.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
The first was entertaining. I'd see the sequel I'm just not overly extatic about it. The first film was entertaining and mildly fun but it had a lot of issues and felt restrained from being a "Great" movie! But that's just me. Never have been a huge fan of the Director his films always come off as being generic to me. We shall wait and see!
Nathan Williams on Aug 28, 2013
I agree with Letterrier being a generic director
conradthegreat on Aug 28, 2013
I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes of Now You See Me and I watch anything. Not really fussed for a sequel.
Carpola on Aug 28, 2013
The ending to that movie was the equivalent to "a wizard did it".
lewinston on Aug 28, 2013
The first movie had an interesting concept, unfortunately the screenplay and directing did not support the concept which left the movie a muddy mess.. Maybe an unnecessary sequel could serve up a better movie.
Tester on Aug 29, 2013
I wanted to like it a lot, and the magic shows were entertaining, but it felt confusing in places and did the characters change in any way? I don't know. The ending was a let down too. And Jesse Eisenberg is annoying.
cobrazombie on Aug 29, 2013
I loved the concept so much that I was almost completely clouded from its issues until my second (maybe even third) viewing. Completely agree though, the screenplay was (really) bad, the direction was odd considering what they were trying to achieve, and the only main character I eventually even liked was Harrelson's. It being originally planned as a two-part extended story is actually quite refreshing, especially when you consider its an original film, but it won't work until they address those issues... maybe they needed to make the first to actually discover what those issues would be with making a film like this, based on this type of concept. Here's hoping.
Ayotunde Afolabi on Sep 1, 2013
Hated the movie, its characters were the most annoying thing I've seen in a long time, Eisenberg is a douche and they even make you hate Ruffallo....thx Louis
dawko on Aug 30, 2013
Why why why?
Chiroptera Exsanguination on Aug 30, 2013
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