Now You See Me 2 Jon M Chu

UPDATE: Variety now confirms that Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct Now You See Me 2.

Lionsgate didn’t necessarily expect Now You See Me to hit as big as it did. Once it saw how much money the magician thriller was raking in, though, the studio knew just what to do: It got the wheels turning on a sequel.

Now, those wheels are moving toward a new director. According to a new report, G.I. Joe‘s Jon M. Chu is now the frontrunner to direct Now You See Me 2. Hit the jump for all the details on this latest development.

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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 »

Now You See Me

In many respects, Now You See Me doesn’t fit into the usual franchise-starter template. It’s not based on a comic book, or a young adult series, or anything else, for that matter. It cost a (relatively) moderate amount to make, and it was never envisioned as a big summer tentpole for the studio.

But it has made a crap ton of money at the box office, and you know what that means. Lionsgate has put a sequel to the magician heist movie in development, with production expected to get underway next year. Hit the jump for more details.

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