Now You See Me (film series)

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Now You See Me
Directed by Louis Leterrier (1)
Jon M. Chu (2–3)
Produced by Bobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci (1)
Ed Solomon (3)
Screenplay by Ed Solomon
Boaz Yakin (1)
Edward Ricourt (1)
Neil Widener (3)
Gavin James (3)
Story by Boaz Yakin (1)
Edward Ricourt (1)
Ed Solomon (2–3)
Peter Chiarelli (2)
Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Woody Harrelson
Isla Fisher
Dave Franco
Daniel Radcliffe
Lizzy Caplan
Michael Caine
Morgan Freeman
(See below)
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen (1)
Larry Fong (1)
Peter Deming (2)
Edited by Robert Leighton (1)
Vincent Tabaillon (1)
Stan Salfas (2)
Production
company
K/O Paper Products
TIK Films (2)
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date
2013–present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $165 million
Box office $686.6 million

Now You See Me is a series of heist thriller film written by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt. They focus on the actions of a team of illusionists named “The Four Horsemen” who pull off near impossible heists. The series features an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan, and Morgan Freeman. The first film was released in 2013, while the second was released in 2016, and a third film is currently in development and set to be released in 2019. The series has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.

Films

Now You See Me (2013)

An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo), and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

The Four Horsemen resurface, and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off an almost impossible heist.

Now You See Me 3 (TBA)

In May 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced that they had indeed "already begun early planning" for Now You See Me 3.[1] It was later confirmed that Lizzy Caplan will be reprising the role of Lula May, and that a new cast member, Benedict Cumberbatch, will be joining the cast. It was also confirmed that Isla Fisher will likely be returning to the series as Henley Reeves, after her absence from the first sequel. [2][3][4][5][6] In December 2016, it was announced that writers Neil Widener and Gavin James were hired to write the screenplay[7].

Spin-off

In July 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lionsgate was to make a Now You See Me spin-off with a primarily Chinese cast, starring Jay Chou as Li, his character from Now You See Me 2.[8]

Cast

Character Film
Now You See Me
(2013)
Now You See Me 2
(2016)
Now You See Me 3
(TBA)
Daniel J. Atlas Jesse Eisenberg
Dylan Rhodes Mark Ruffalo
Merritt McKinney Woody Harrelson
Henley Reeves Isla Fisher   Isla Fisher
Jack Wilder Dave Franco
Arthur Tressler Michael Caine  
Thaddeus Bradley Morgan Freeman
Alma Dray Mélanie Laurent  
Agent Evans Common  
Agent Fuller Michael Kelly  
Jasmine Tressler Caitriona Balfe  
Walter Mabry   Daniel Radcliffe  
Lula May   Lizzy Caplan
Li   Jay Chou  
Agent Natalie Austin   Sanaa Lathan  

Crew

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Composer Editor Cinematographer
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Bobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Ed Solomon
Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Brian Tyler Robert Leighton
Vincent Tabaillon
Mitchell Amundsen
Larry Fong
2016 Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu Bobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Ed Solomon Stan Salfas Peter Deming
2019 Now You See Me 3 Ed Solomon Neil Widener
Gavin James
N. Honey

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Ref(s)
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
Now You See Me May 31, 2013 $29,350,389 $117,723,989 $234,000,000 $351,723,989 #516 #317 $75,000,000 [9]
Now You See Me 2 June 10, 2016 $22,383,146 $65,075,540 $269,825,797 $334,901,337 #1174 #347 $90,000,000 [10]
Total $182,799,529 $503,825,797 $686,625,326 $165,000,000 [11]
List indicator(s)
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Now You See Me 49% (152 reviews)[12] 50 (35 reviews)[13] A-[14]
Now You See Me 2 34% (167 reviews)[15] 46 (33 reviews)[16] A-[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (May 22, 2015). "'Now You See Me 3' in the Works at Lionsgate". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lawrence, Sophie (December 2, 2016). "'Now You See Me 3' Release Date Confirmed As Production Rolls In Plus A New Cast Member To Join The Gang". Parent Herald. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Stojilović, Milena (February 24, 2017). "Now You See Me 3 Release Date & A New Cast Member". OppTrends. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Stojilović, Milena (February 25, 2017). "Now You See Me 3 Isla Fisher Replaced By Another Actress". OppTrends. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Espiritu, Emmanuelle (March 7, 2017). "'Now You See Me 3' Release Date, Cast News: Isla Fisher Officially Out, Benedict Cumbercatch In?". The Christian Post. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Jabin, Bhatz (March 31, 2017). "'Now You See Me 3' Update: Benedict Cumberbatch Reportedly Joins Cast". Travelers Today. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Now You See Me 3 Lands Writers". December 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (July 15, 2016). "Lionsgate to Make Chinese Spinoff of 'Now You See Me' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Now You See Me". Box Office Mojo. August 12, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Box Office Mojo. August 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Now You See Me Franchise". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Now You See Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Now You See Me". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Cinemascore". Cinemascore.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
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