Lionsgate is getting the band back together for Now You See Me 3, and they've enlisted the help of two new writers for the project.
The studio has brought in Neil Widener and Gavin James to write the script for Now You See Me 3, which will be directed by Jon M. Chu. Widener and James have had the hot hand lately, working on projects like the upcoming Battle of Alcatraz (Paramount) and Dwayne Johson's upcoming San Andreas 2 (New Line) (via Deadline).
As for the plot, there aren't many details, but it is expected that the cast from Now You See Me 2 will return, including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, and Morgan Freeman. Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, and Jeb Brody will be on as producers.
The Now You See Me films revolve around the four horsemen, a mix of magicians, tricksters, and hypnotists that steal from the rich and powerful and give their money away. The first Now You See Me was a big hit for the studio, as it was produced on only a $75 million dollar budget and managed to bring in over $117 million domestically and over $351 million worldwide.
Now You See Me 2 wasn't nearly as successful domestically, bringing in only just over $65 million, but it made up for it overseas with a $269 million dollar haul. Worldwide it ranked just under the original with over $334 million. If Now You See Me 3 can echo the original film's budget, it will likely do well.
Now You See Me 2 starred Jesse Eisenberg (J. Daniel Atlas), Mark Ruffalo (Dylan Rhodes), Woody Harrelson (Merritt McKinney), Dave Franco (Jack Wilder), Daniel Radcliffe (Walter Mabry), Lizzy Caplan (Lula), Jay Chou (Li), Sanaa Lathan (Natalie Austin), Michael Caine (Arthur Tressler), and Morgan Freeman (Thaddeus Bradley).