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When a studio sees a good thing -- like, say, a crowd-pleasing heist flick that doesn't break the bank -- you can bet a follow-up or two will be coming soon. Although details are scarce on the "Now You See Me" sequel, Lionsgate has already set it in motion, which, from a financial standpoint, makes perfect sense.
It didn't take any sleight of hand for the bank-robbing magicians in "Now You See Me" to quietly earn millions at box offices around the world. The Louis Leterrier heist film has snagged $115.6 million in the United States since debuting at the end of May; it's earned even more than that overseas, and it hasn't even opened in Japan, Australia, or China -- the second-largest film market in the world.
As opposed to previous Leterrier flicks like "The Incredible Hulk" and "Clash of the Titans," "Now You See Me" cost a relatively measly $75 million and didn't suffer the studio bloat of things like post-production 3D. (Leterrier was blunt in recent interviews about the decision to add 3D to "Clash" in post -- both that it was "famously horrible" and that it wasn't his decision.) Although it's not clear if the director will be returning to the sequel, it seems like a good fit.
One would also hope that stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Mark Ruffalo return, although with "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in pre-production, it's possible Ruffalo will be pretty busy.
Lionsgate and Summit are aiming to start production in 2014.