Lionsgate CEO has confirmed that “Now You See Me” sequel is set to start production in September. No words yet on which original cast members will be returning.
DEADLINE.COM – Shooting on the follow-up to last year’s sleeper hit Now You See Me will take place in the U.S., Europe, and Asia “to capitalize on the property’s international appeal, with most of the original cast returning, and some exciting new additions,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning in a call to discuss the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings.
He added later that execs “absolutely see it as a franchise. We’re going to add some cast to it. We see it as an ongoing situation.” Execs pushed the theme of Lionsgate as an incubator for franchises; Feltheimer says the company has “an ability to assemble and mine the richest and most diverse portfolios of [intellectual property] in the industry.” He considers upcoming films Gods Of Egypt, Chaos Walking, and Mordecai (“a character that Johnny Depp loves,” he says) as “potential franchises — later adding The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel to the list plus “another one we hope to announce shortly.”
“Now You See Me” took home “Favorite Thriller Movie” at the 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards.
Favorite Thriller Movie
WINNER: “Now You See Me”
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Summit Entertainment has announced that their recent ensemble hit, Now You See Me, is going to arrive on home video in a variety of formats including as a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD, Digital Copy and Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on September 3. The film will also be available for Digital Download August 30th, four days prior to the Blu-ray and DVD release.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Extended Director’s Cut of the film featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans), Now You See Me stars Academy Award nominees Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) alongside Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Dave Franco (Warm Bodies) as the magicians known as “The Four Horsemen.” The film also stars Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), plus Mark Ruffalo (Marvel’s The Avengers) and Mélanie Laurent (Beginners) as the law-enforcement team hot on their tails. The screenplay is by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt, with a story by Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt.
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows. First amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts, baffling the authorities. FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. But who could it be? Or…could it really be…magic?
The Blu-ray Combo Pack, along with the extended director’s cut with sixteen minutes of never-before-seen footage, includes an audio commentary, two “making of” featurettes and deleted scenes. The DVD bonus materials include an audio commentary and a “making of” featurette. The Now You See Me Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
Full special features are listed as follows:
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
• Extended Director’s Cut Featuring 16 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage
• Audio Commentary with Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier (Theatrical Cut Only)
• “Now You See Me Revealed” featurette
• “A Brief History of Magic” featurette
• Deleted Scenes
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio Commentary with Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier
• “A Brief History of Magic” featurette
The movie did amazingly well the first day.
Thank you to all who checked it out!
If we keep this momentum we can take down the M. Night Shyamalan movie!–I’ve been waiting my whole life to say that…
Spencer Fornaciari of The MacGuffin interviews actor Dave Franco from the crime thriller Now You See Me.
RedEye’s Matt Pais interviews Dave Franco about his new film, his brother and more. Franco also whips cards at RedEye photographer Lenny Gilmore.
Hey, Dave here. Just reminding everyone to check out Now You See Me this weekend. I’m finally not playing the asshole…