Earlier this month, Lionsgate confirmed that Now You See Me 2, a follow-up to this summer's Now You See Me, is currently in development for a 2014 release, although it wasn't known if director Louis Leterrier was coming back to direct.
Earlier today, I was able to speak with the filmmaker over the phone about the Blu-ray and DVD release on September 3, and the director confirmed that he is coming back for this follow-up.
Here's what he had to say about the development process.
"We're actively working on the sequel to Now You See Me, so that is happening. We're writing it, and it's pretty fun. We had such a great time doing that and we loved the characters. Our biggest problem now is that we have too many great ideas. We're sort of saying, 'What if he would do that? That would be amazing, I want to see this, I want to see that.' We want it to be intense and as twisty as the first one, but also learn more about the characters and go deeper, what a great sequel should do. That's going to take not too long, but enough so, just like in the first one, it's perfectly crafted. If you think about it, David Copperfield takes five years to prep, to create and prep. We just have a couple of years to do ours. David Copperfield was always saying, 'Your biggest challenge is you only have two years to do your movie, or one year to do your movie.'"
The filmmaker wouldn't divulge any plot details regarding the sequel. No cast members have officially signed on yet, but it seems likely that we will see the return of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the Four Horseman, along with Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes.
Stay tuned for my full interview with Louis Leterrier for the Now You See Me Blu-ray and DVD release on September 3.