Now You See Me 3 movie in the works

Now You See Me stars including Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco are reportedly returning for a third instalment in the heist franchise.It was announced on Wednesday that Lionsgate bosses had hired American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer to pen the …

Now You See Me stars including Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco are reportedly returning for a third instalment in the heist franchise.

It was announced on Wednesday that Lionsgate bosses had hired American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer to pen the follow-up to 2016’s Now You See Me 2, and the return of “key cast members” was teased in a statement released by the studio.

“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 (collective of magicians) The Four Horsemen to a whole new level with our key returning cast and new characters,” Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said. “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.”

Now You See Me was released in 2013 and grossed more than $351 million (£282 million), with the follow-up, directed by Jon M. Chu, raking in $331 million (£266 million).

The previous instalments in the heist thriller franchise have starred Eisenberg, Franco, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and Morgan Freeman.

Singer landed an Oscar nomination in 2014 for his work with David O. Russell on the screenplay for American Hustle, and also co-wrote the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, which is due out on 23 December.

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Michael Fassbender to star in spy thriller Malko

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S. The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books. Oscar nominat…

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S.

The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books.

Oscar nominated American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script, while bosses at Lionsgate will develop the thriller into a possible franchise.

Fassbender will star as super spy for hire Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and CIA agent who endured imprisonment in a Nazi work camp for captured spies.

According to editors at Deadline, the first film will largely be based upon de Villiers’ book Checkpoint Charlie. The actor will work on the project as part of his production company DMC Film.

“We are enormously excited to be teaming with Greg Shapiro and Michael Fassbender as well as Lars Sylvest from Black Magic and Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket Science to develop Malko,” said Lionsgate president Joe Drake in a statement.

“This is a character with a tremendous 200 title library of amazing spy stories to draw from and we believe we have a world-class creative team in place with Michael and Eric Warren Singer as we move forward on this project.”

Currently starring in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fassbender, 42, is next set to begin work on David Sandberg’s Kung Fury 2.

The S.A.S. book series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages.

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