Now You See Me

One of the summer’s biggest surprises, both critically and financially, was Louis Leterrier‘s magic-based heist film Now You See Me. Sporting a solid cast, an original story and good word of mouth, the underdog film made over $115 million domestic and almost $300 million worldwide.

So what happens when a small film has some big success? You guessed it. A sequel. Turns out, Leterrier will once again be at the helm. Read More »

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Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal have been offered roles in Now You See Me, a magic-infused heist film written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, produced by Star Trek and Transformers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and directed by Louis Letterier (Clash of the Titans). The film is about F.B.I. agents hot on the trail of a group magicians who use their skills to perform huge heists during their shows and then shower the money on their audiences. Offers are also reportedly out to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde and Melanie Laurent to star in the film. Read More »

After a string of increasingly popular hits culminating in 2010′s Clash of the Titans, Louis Leterrier has fashioned himself into quite the sought after director. He was in talks for X-Men First Class, Fantastic Voyage, would love to do Y: The Last Man and is attached to direct a film called Gravity. All of that is about to be put on the back burner, though, because Leterrier is attached to direct a magic-infused heist film called Now You See Me. Think The Prestige meets The Town as a team of FBI agents hunts down a group of illusionists who perform miracle heists during their shows and shower the booty on their audiences. The script is by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt and it’ll be produced by Star Trek and Transformers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Read more about the project after the jump. Read More »

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I don’t imagine there’s going to be much fan loyalty to either Louis Letterier or Eric Brevig for their first films in the Clash of the Titans and Journey to the Centre of the Earth franchises, and it looks like there’s going to be no studio loyalty either. As sequels to both films start to gear up in the Warner Bros. back office, it has become clear that new helmsmen are being sought, with pace of turnaround being the real priority.

As far as Journey goes, there’s one name being touted already: Brad Peyton. He’s got Cats and Dogs sequel The Revenge of Kitty Galore coming up this summer, and I’m doubtful it will make for much of an auspicious feature debut. On the other hand, his “cartoon gothic” shorts Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl and A Tale of Bad Luck were very well received and seemed to suggest he was at least going to become a director who could pack out signing sessions down at Hot Topic. Rather than Journey, I’d far rather hear about him going off to shoot Billy Grimm, the film he’s been developing with Ginger Snaps‘ superb screenwriter Karen Walton.

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According to Sam Worthington, the Clash of the Titans cast and crew will be reconvening in January to film some more scenes for the film, just a couple of months ahead of its release. What’s more, he’s also saying there’s a chance that the film will be ‘dimensionalised’ into 3D. Is there really time for all this monkeying about?

And why are they doing this? Have Louis Letterier‘s cuts been playing badly so far? Worthington says:

There were some creaky parts but they are the parts that we knew were creaky and that we knew were going to be creaky going into it. The studio is also letting us add some gods and scenes.

So, he admits that the shooting is to fix stuff up as well as to add more material, which is refreshingly honest. And what’s this about more gods? That’s a funny one. It’s not like the deities are the marquee names here. Well, not literally – but maybe they might pull in a couple of big name stars to cameo and add a little more bang to the final trailer and TV spots. Sean Connery, maybe? Okay – my tongue’s in my cheek, but I am curious to see who these extra gods are and who ends up playing them. Who do you think could stand alongside Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Danny Huston?

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