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Leterrier Will Direct 'Now You See Me' Sequel, 'Now You 2 Can See Me Too Or Can You?'

They're working on a story, but they have one big problem...

Now You See Me sequel plannedThe success of Now You See Me is one of this summer's mysteries. It wasn't a bad film per se, but it was hardly a knock out and yet, on a rather large budget of $75 million, the film ended up grossing over $293 million worldwide.

The sleight of hand thriller was directed by Louis Leterrier and starred a large ensemble including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent and Michael Caine. Plans for a sequel to the film were first revealed back in early August, but now Letterier has confirmed plans for a follow up with Movie Web saying:

We're actively working on the sequel to Now You See Me, so that is happening. We're writing it, and it's pretty fun. We had such a great time doing that and we loved the characters. Our biggest problem now is that we have too many great ideas. We're sort of saying, 'What if he would do that? That would be amazing, I want to see this, I want to see that.' We want it to be intense and as twisty as the first one, but also learn more about the characters and go deeper, what a great sequel should do. That's going to take not too long, but enough so, just like in the first one, it's perfectly crafted. If you think about it, David Copperfield takes five years to prep, to create and prep. We just have a couple of years to do ours. David Copperfield was always saying, 'Your biggest challenge is you only have two years to do your movie, or one year to do your movie.'

I love how they're biggest problem is they have "too many great ideas". If I run this through the Hollywood Speak Translator 5000™ it returns: "We're trying to make it really big and put a whole bunch of twists and turns in it to where it basically shits on itself."

You also have to laugh at his comparison to David Copperfield taking five years to prep, but they only have two. He doesn't stop to consider how much better the film may be if they didn't work on a specific timeline, but instead let the story come together at its own pace. So it goes.

Now I'm not saying Now You 2 Can See Me Too Or Can You?* won't be any good. The first film was mildly decent. I went in with low expectations and came away calling it "[not] a great movie, but a serviceable one" and "a satisfying diversion that allows the audience to play along and take part in the fun." Does it leave us with the desire to see more? Not at all, but that's apparently what we're going to get and the mid credits sequence from the first film (see below) isn't holding any secrets.

* No, that's not the actual title.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    I don't mind the sequel, I enjoyed the first one a lot. I hope they bring back Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson, Franco & Ruffalo back. Only thing I hate about the movie, it's the stupid title and please don't tell me "'Now You 2 Can See Me Too Or Can You?" is the name of the sequel. Please, that's such a terrible title.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      It's not the actual title, Brad was just kidding. #classicBrad

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

        Oh ok, duh. I'm having a bad day so I haven't been in a good mood. I have a great sense of humor lol.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

          Yeah, I'm not in a great mood today either so I get where you're coming from.

  • Good Grief

    The mid-credits scene in the first film baffles me to this day. While it was full of gaping plot holes, it was an ok watch. I certainly didn't hate it.

    Oh and my money would have been on, "Now You Sequel Me."

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    What?!? I saw the film twice (once as a critic, once with my family who wanted to see it) and I didn't know there was a mid-credits scene!!!!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      Me neither, and I always stay until the end of films! Must've not run in our theaters for some reason.

  • http://twitter.com/tonypdl tonypdl

    I just assumed the sequel's title would be "Now You Don't", but after all these other suggestions, I think mine's too simple.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    Classic article Brad, lovin' it. "Hollywood Speak Translator 5000" could be a game on the podcast.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    Bruce Willis joins the cast for the third film 'Look Who Can See Me Too'.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      Now You See Who Can Die Hardest.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

    I don't mind a sequel as I did really enjoy this cast, and i thought the movie was different than a lot of things this summer, it was really fun- but like you said.... i'd probably be more excited if i knew it wasn't on a timeline and they just worked till they had a good story and then did the film.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      I dunno, not taking their time and assembly lining the Fast and Furious movies (let's not forget 4 in 5 years by the time July 2014 comes around) hasn't seemed to hurt their popularity or box office.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Aww... Brad you utterly destroyed me when I heard that title was fake

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I bet the title will be

    "Now you Don't"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I do agree it doesn't need a sequel in the strict sense.............but it's also been a good little earner and demonstrably popular. Plus lesser results have generated sequels before.

    It probably shouldn't be made and they should just take the fact they got a surprise hit out of it (like RED) and leave it at that. But, business is business and always will be.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I'm not a fan of Eisenberg, Caine or Harrelson so i never saw the first one, nor will i watch the sequel Now U See Me 2 Furious

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Roger/ Roger Judd

    I don't see how this success is a mystery, people seemed to have enjoyed it quite well. If they can come up with a good sequel idea, why not?

  • MadMathDen

    Now you Don't ... would make the best title

  • Brayan

    "Now You Don't" would actually make a better title name for the sequel.

  • Brayan Meneses

    "Now You Don't" would actually make a better title name for the sequel.