As one of the few people who sorta guiltily enjoyed “Now You See Me,” I certainly didn’t ask for sequel. But that’s just what’s happening next summer with “Now You See Me: The Second Act.” Lionsgate is so certain that audiences will enjoy the magician heist follow-up, they’re already plotting a third entry.
During a conference call with analysts, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed, “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3.'” That seems like a simpler way of saying, “If the second movie does well, we’ll have everything in place to roll with a third,” and given the surprise success of the first movie, it’s probably a good idea. But whether ‘You See’ was a one hit wonder or something with viable franchise legs, we’ll just have to wait and see. But in case anyone at the studio is reading, here’s my proposed title for next movie: “Now You 3 Me.”
Meanwhile, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the studio sees big things in store for their big screen take on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Even though the movie was bumped from summer 2016 to January 2017, the studio says they see the property launching a “significant series of movies,” because, obviously. The merchandising alone, if this is done right, will be a goldmine, and one that Lionsgate will want to exploit as thoroughly as possible.