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In 2013, Now You See Me was one of the films that made a ton of money, but didn’t seem to get talked about all that much. The film grossed a worldwide $351.7 million, crushing its $75 million budget; which is impressive for a standalone film (by which I mean not attached to a previously-established franchise). Louis Leterier directed the caper film, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Melanie Laurent.
Now, it seems that Lionsgate is wasting no time on developing a sequel to the financially successful effort, and Deadline reports that the Now You See Me sequel will begin production in September.
According to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, the sequel will take place in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in order “to capitalize on the property’s international appeal, with most of the original cast returning, and some exciting new additions”. Feltheimer also added that execs “absolutely see it as a franchise”.
I personally really enjoyed Now You See Me. For those of you who have read Reel News & Reviews from its beginning in December, recall that it was on my Top 5 Most Underrated Films of 2013.
What do you think of Now You See Me getting a sequel?
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/7/14 with a link to Deadline.