Just a week after their Hunger Games prequel announcement, Lionsgate has another big one! The studio has hired Eric Warren Singer, an Oscar nominee for his work on American Hustle, to write the heist thriller Now You See Me 3, based on a fresh take by Singer.
The announcement was made today by Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Erin Westerman, President of Motion Picture Production for the studio.
The film will be the third installment of the Now You See Me franchise, which has taken in $687 million worldwide. The previous films (buy at Amazon) starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman, among others. No casting has been set yet for the third installment.
Singer’s fresh take will capture the fun, magic, and spirit of the original, introducing new characters into the world while also creating opportunities for the original cast to reprise their roles.
Jonathan Bayme and his company Theory 11 will serve as a magic consultant to the filmmakers for Now You See Me 3.
Bobby Cohen and Alex Kurtzman of Secret Hideout are teaming up again to produce. Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds will oversee the project for Lionsgate.
“Eric has always been fascinated with the fine art of deception and illusion in all of its forms and he came to us with a great story that takes the mythology of Now You See Me and pushes The Four Horsemen to a whole new level with our key returning cast and new characters,” said Kahane.
“The Now You See Me franchise has been built on keeping the audience surprised and guessing. Any great magician knows, you can’t keep doing the same tricks. And Eric and his team of illusionists have something special up their sleeve for this new film.”
Eric Warren Singer most recently wrote Top Gun: Maverick, which is set to release later this year. He is represented by Mark Gochman at Gochman Law Group.
Bobby Cohen most recently produced Don’t Let Go starring David Oyelowo. He previously produced Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2, People Like Us, Cowboys & Aliens, and Revolutionary Road, among many other films.
Alex Kurtzman was also a producer of the first two Now You See Me films. He most recently created and executive produced Star Trek: Picard for CBS All Access. His other recent television credits as executive producer include Hawaii Five-O, Instinct, Star Trek: Discovery, Salvation, Scorpion, and Sleepy Hollow.
In feature films, his credits as a writer include Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers, and many other films.