As the summer comes to a close, studios are already looking back at what worked and what didn't and for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, one of their big summer successes was the Louis Letterier-directed magical heist movie Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher. It has grossed $115.6 domestic and $119.3 million internationally based on a reported production cost of $75 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts on Friday that the success of one of the summer's few movies that isn't a sequel and isn't based on an existing property already has the company talking about a sequel with plans to start production as early as 2014.
There's no additional information about whether they already have a writer working on a screenplay, whether director Louis Letterier might return to direct or how much of the original ensemble cast were signed to multiple picture deals and might return, but if you happened to have seen the movie then you know that there are definitely some interesting ideas that they could explore in a sequel.
Stay tuned for more info on the project as Lionsgate and Summit move forward with it.
Meanwhile, the original movie is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 3, and you can read our review here.