Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltenheimer revealed to analysts today that the studio is moving forward with a sequel to Now You See Me, targeting a 2014 release.
The heist film has performed well both domestically and internationally, taking in $115.6 million in the United States and Canada, and an additional $119.3 million in international markets, and it hasn't even opened in key territories such as China, Japan, and Australia yet. The studio CEO predicted that Now You See Me will surpass $275 million worldwide at the end of its theatrical run, from a production budget of just $75 million.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco star in the caper as illusionists known as The Four Horseman, who pull off daring heists in the middle of their magic act. Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine co-star, although it isn't known if any or all of these stars will return for the follow-up.
No screenwriter or director has been attached to this follow-up, but if Lionsgate intends to release this next year, don't be surprised if filmmakers are attached in the very near future. Louis Leterrier directed the original from a screenplay by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt.