Abracadabra! Lionsgate pulls 'Now You See Me 3' out of its hat
Lionsgate has just announced plans to continue its blockbuster stage magician thriller franchise with a new chapter in the Now You See Me series. The studio has hired Eric Warren Singer, Academy Award nominee for his work on American Hustle and the scribe behind the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, to write the heist thriller Now You See Me 3, based on a fresh take by Singer.
“Eric has always been fascinated with the fine art of deception and illusion in all of its forms and he came to us with a great story that takes the mythology of ‘Now You See Me’ and pushes The Four Horsemen to a whole new level with our key returning cast and new characters,” said Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in making the announcement. “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.”
The previous two Now You See Me films, which collectively brought in $687 million worldwide, starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman, among others. No casting has been set yet for the third installment, which is said to introduce new characters into the world, while also creating opportunities for the original cast to reprise their roles.
Bobby Cohen and Alex Kurtzman of Secret Hideout are teaming up again to produce with Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds overseeing the project for Lionsgate.