In 2015, Lionsgate announced the development of Now You See Me 3 before the second film of the franchise could even hit the big screen. However, there’s been little details about third entry following that announcement. That is, until now.
Lionsgate has revealed that it has tapped Eric Warren Singer to pen the next installment of the illusion-centric heist. Known for his work on American Hustle – the very project that earned him the nomination – Singer has been brought on board to spice things up on Now You See Me 3.
Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said that Singer came to them and pitched a great narrative for the Four Horsemen. Kahane made the announcement today along with Erin Westerman, President of Motion Picture Production, for the studio.
“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,” Kahane said.
Pay close attention. Was that too fast? Well, take a closer look again because "Now You See Me 3" is now in the works. https://t.co/Qn6vaVcSIM
— Lionsgate (@Lionsgate) April 28, 2020
A fresh new perspective
What exactly that surprise will is still unknown as the Lionsgate bigwigs are refusing to provide hints for now. Singer has his work cut out for him as the franchise needs some fresh take on the creative heists.
Although Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer previously said that they’re confident that Now You See Me 2 will outperform its predecessor, it failed to do so once it was released. The first film grossed over $351 million with a budget of $75 million, while the second film lagged with $334 million against a $90 million budget.
Casts and release date
As for the casts, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Lizzy Caplan will be reprising their respective roles. There will be new faces joining in as well, although it’s unclear who they are as casting has yet to take place.
One of the big questions that fans have been asking involves Isla Fisher and a potential return to play escape artist Henley Reeves. Fisher was one of the Horsemen in the first film but was subsequently replaced by Caplan in the second entry as she was pregnant during the filming. Henley has been mentioned in Now You See Me 2 only in passing, noting the fallout that occurred between her and Eisenberg’s Atlas.
With regards to its release date, it’s safe to assume that Now You See Me 3 will not be coming out this year due to the on-going outbreak. If everything returns to normal soon, perhaps it’ll hit the cinemas in 2021, but even that is still an unrealistic view given how uncertain everything is in Hollywood nowadays.
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