the filmmaker Ruben Fleischer has been booked by Lionsgate to direct the third installment in the action-adventure franchise, Now You See Meaccording to confirmations from Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (via Deadline).

Fleischer, best known for titles like Zombieland, Zombieland: Double Tap, Venom, and more recently, UnchartedDirect to Now You See Me 3from the script of Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), booked by the study to write a new draft. The above draft script was written by Oscar nominee Eric Warren Singer (Top Gun: Maverick, American Hustle). Fleischer will oversee Grahame-Smith’s new draft.

On taking the reins of the project, Fleischer said in a statement to the media:

“There are three things in this world that I absolutely love… Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and magic. Having the opportunity to work with these two talented actors, as well as the rest of the incredible cast of the Now You See Me films, is a dream come true. I’m a lifelong fan of heist movies: I love that I’m drawn to the twists and the mystery where nothing is what it seems. And that’s even more true when the thieves are wizards: the opportunities are endless. Eric was able to unlock an exciting new way to a new movie and fun new characters, so I’m excited to dig even deeper.”

Kahane adds:

“Ruben has proven time and time again that he has a special talent with blockbuster character-based entertainment. He delivers great emotion while ultimately keeping the focus on the characters the audience cares about. We feel like we’ve put together a dream team to get this movie off the ground. For all of us who have been on the lookout, the wait is almost over.”

The franchise, which centers its plot around thieving illusionists known as the Four Horseman, has grossed $687 million at the global box office. The saga stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, among others.

Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman produce the third film. Meredith Wieck, and Chisom Ude supervise for Lionsgate.


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