Louis Leterrier will magically reappear.
Hollywood studios tend to fear the mid budget movie- the ones that look good but can’t afford the A-List names that will usually guarantee a return. However, in the case of Now You See Me, Lionsgate’s gamble truly paid off.
On a budget of only $75m, the slick, magical heist thriller produced a $293m rabbit out of the hat, outgrossing many of the bigger films of the summer.
For his next trick, director Louis Leterrier will return to helm the sequel, once they’ve decided exactly what the sequel might be:
“I'm currently, not writing, but we're coming up with the story, the plot, the twist and the new characters and everything. It was always at least a diptych, two movies, to tell one long story, so yeah, I'm very much involved in it. I don't know if it's going to be my next movie. I know we want to do it pretty fast but I might be able to do another movie in between."
Although the film received mixed reviews, it’s always nice to see a mid-budget film break out and risk-averse studios rewarded. The last thing audiences want are a narrow choice between mega-budget behemoths made for foreign markets, or lo-fi micro-budget indies.