“Is this your sequel?” (Please forgive this terrible attempt at a magic pun.)
Lionsgate is looking to revive its stage magic-heist franchise Now You See Me with a third installment. Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, Top Gun: Maverick) has been hired to write a fresh take for the film.
Now You See Me 3 was first announced back in 2015 before the release of the second film. Now You See Me and Now You Don’t (yes, I know the sequel is called Now You See Me 2, but we all know Now You Don’t is a better title) have made a combined $687 million worldwide. That’s a nice healthy gross that obviously feeds into Lionsgate’s desires for a third film.
The press release from Lionsgate teased the following for the third film:
“Singer’s fresh take will capture the fun, magic, and spirit of the original, introducing new characters into the world while also creating opportunities for the original cast to reprise their roles.”
The previous two films starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, and Morgan Freeman in major roles. No cast has signed on for the sequel yet, but I’d be shocked if they didn’t round up the Four Horsemen for one last heist. Heck, maybe only Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman will return and a new Four Horsemen will be introduced to continue the franchise. Anything is possible at this stage.
Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, also added:
“Eric has always been fascinated with the fine art of deception and illusion in all of its forms and he came to us with a great story that takes the mythology of Now You See Me and pushes The Four Horsemen to a whole new level with our key returning cast and new characters. The Now You See Me franchise has been built on keeping the audience surprised and guessing. Any great magician knows, you can’t keep doing the same tricks. And Eric and his team of illusionists have something special up their sleeve for this new film.”
What I’m pulling from this is that the franchise has decided to tone down the CGI magic tricks in favor of actual magic. Or is that just wishful thinking? I’d love to see the Four Horsemen use legit magic to pull off a heist, so the audience knows it would actually be possible. Because as much fun as this franchise is, the magic tricks can get a tad ridiculous and unbelievable.
We’ll make sure to keep you updated on further Now You See Me 3 developments.
What are your thoughts on a third Now You See Me 3? Are you a fan of the original two?