Jon M. Chu Named Frontrunner to Direct 'Now You See Me' Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
June 12, 2014
After directing the surprise summer heist hit Now You See Me, director Louis Leterrier will not be returning to the director's chair for the developing sequel at Summit Entertainment, despite being attached to the film last August. Instead, The Wrap reports G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu has been named as the frontrunner to direct a script from Edward Ricourt & Boaz Yakin and Ed Solomon. That means it's not a done deal, and he could just as easily fall through, but he's a solid choice to continue the saga of these four magicians now turned into master thieves and keeping it fresh. But we still don't know the story.
So far, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo are all expected to return, but their deals don't seem to be closed yet. The end of the last film saw The Four Horseman being drawn into a special inner circle of magicians, after it was revealed that the FBI agent played by Mark Ruffalo was not who he appeared to be the whole time. There were no hints as to where a sequel could go, mostly because there was no guarantee the film would be a hit. Considering how much Chu improved the G.I. Joe franchise, I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do if he ends up with the job.