It looks like Ruben Fleischer has found his next franchise, as he’s now set to direct the third installment of the Now You See Me franchise. He famously worked on the recent adaptations of Venom (though did not return for the sequel) and Sony’s latest PlayStation adaptation, Uncharted. The screenplay is written by Seth Grahame Smith, who famously worked on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is overseen by Fleischer. It’s an updated draft of the one written by American Hustle‘s Eric Warren Singer.
Director Fleischer got a chance to share his excitement about the project and also confirmed that at least Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are set tor return in the sequel.
There are three things in this world I absolutely love… Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and magic. To have the chance to work with these two talented actors, as well as rest of the incredible cast of the Now You See Me movies is a dream come true. I am a lifelong fan of heist movies – I love getting drawn in by the twists and the mystery where nothing is what it seems. And that’s even more true when the thieves are magicians – the opportunities are endless. Eric was able to unlock a fresh and exciting way into a new movie and fun new characters, so I’m excited to dig in even further.Ruben Fleischer
Now You See Me was a special kind of blockbuster film that used its magic tricks to pull a final surprise by the end. The first one was quite well-received but it is surprising that they are moving forward with a sequel since the last entry was all the way back in 2016. We’ll see how they’ll approach the latest entry and make it stand out even after such a long break.