Leterrier: NYSM cast yet to reunite
Louis Leterrier has revealed getting Jesse Eisenberg and the rest of the Now You See Me cast together for the sequel has been a “nightmare”.
The French filmmaker, who will return to direct the follow-up, admitted the ensemble cast, including Jesse, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, have not committed to the sequel yet.
“We are talking to everyone. No one signs onto sequels without approving the script,” he said.
Jesse, Woody, Isla and Dave Franco played street magicians who carried out heists, with Mark as the cop on their tail.
The 40-year-old continued: “It’s amazing to do a movie with a cast like this – putting it back together is a nightmare. Everyone is extremely busy and one thing an actor doesn’t like to do is stay at home, waiting for the phone to ring, so getting all the actors back is a tough one.”
Louis, who has been working with writers to get the right script and scouting for locations, promised that the follow-up will be better than the original.
“The first one was mostly in America so we are debating where to shoot the sequel – we want to shoot it somewhere else. I’m coming to London to see if we can do something there, then France and other places,” he said.
“Jesse is the one who asks me, ‘What’s happening? Why is it taking so long?’ It’s a very tough one to crack because we want to do a sequel that’s as good, if not better than the first one.”
Louis admitted the film’s success was a “surprise”, saying: “We were so happy and dumbfounded . It’s one of those rare moments where you think, ‘This one actually worked’.”
At the start of the month, Now You See Me director Louis Letterier spoke to MovieWeb about the to promote its US DVD/Blu-ray release. Below is what he said about the sequel (can’t wait!), and hop on over to MovieWeb to read his full interview.
Is there anything else you’re working on that you can talk about?
Louis Leterrier: “We’re actively working on the sequel to Now You See Me, so that is happening. We’re writing it, and it’s pretty fun. We had such a great time doing that and we loved the characters. Our biggest problem now is that we have too many great ideas. We’re sort of saying, ‘What if he would do that? That would be amazing, I want to see this, I want to see that.’ We want it to be intense and as twisty as the first one, but also learn more about the characters and go deeper, what a great sequel should do. That’s going to take not too long, but enough so, just like in the first one, it’s perfectly crafted. If you think about it, David Copperfield takes five years to prep, to create and prep. We just have a couple of years to do ours. David Copperfield was always saying, ‘Your biggest challenge is you only have two years to do your movie, or one year to do your movie.’
Will the sequel delve into the actual ‘society’ that we see, and how that works?
Louis Leterrier: (At this point, the rep chimes in and says this is the last question). I can’t answer, last question! Saved by the bell! No, no, I can’t. (Laughs).
Isla’s upcoming movie Life Of Crime received its world premiere on closing night of the Toronto Film Festival last night. Isla was unfortunately not in attendance, but her co-star Jennifer Aniston took on promotional duties for the press conference and premiere. And so we now have our first reviews for the film! Read on to see a few of them, plus The Hollywood Reporter’s report on the films premiere, as well as a Q&A with director Daniel Schechter. The Sound On Sight and The Guardian reviews are particularly complimentary towards Isla’s performance!
Life of Crime: Toronto 2013 – first look review
Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes set the scene and dispatch killer dialogue in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Switch
4 out of 5
Daniel Schechter’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch was the last movie with which the novelist was intimately involved, and the last film of this year’s Toronto film festival. The final spot on the schedule is not always the most coveted, but this is an unexpectedly winning take from one of the less splashy directors to have attempted Leonard.
It gleams with a faintly-tacky, country club sheen, as if it’d been sheep-dipped in essence of 70s and come out feeling peachy. The woman in the crispest whites is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), playing the stoical socialite wife of fraudster Frank (Tim Robbins, sweaty and repellant). She becomes the target of an ill-planned plot by Ordel (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes), who plan to kidnap her, and only release for $1m. Problem is: Frank wants her out of the picture anyway, having filed divorce papers before jetting down from still-prosperous Detroit to Florida to catch up with longterm mistress, Melanie (Isla Fisher). The idea of skipping alimony in the bargain means not parting with the ransom is a no-brainer.
The Hollywood Reporter report that Isla is one of the most in-demand actresses for a new TV series at the moment! What do you think – would you like to see Isla on a weekly TV comedy/drama?!
The New A-List: The Actors Getting All the TV Offers
Rose Byrne, Kate Hudson, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and Paul Bettany are some of the surprising names who are getting deluged with broadcast and cable offers for comedies and dramas this season.
For two years running, Rose Byrne’s name has landed atop more than a dozen castings wish lists.
Hot off of her comedic turn in 2011’s Bridesmaids, the Damages star was being courted both for television comedies and dramas. And she isn’t the only one with casting directors banging down her door. Among the others who have the latter drooling: Kate Hudson, Isla Fisher, Marisa Tomei, Jessica Alba, Diane Lane, Julianne Moore, Michelle Monaghan and Halle Berry.
Following a buzzworthy arc on Mad Men, former Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini is expected to be deluged with offers as well. Monaghan, who will appear in HBO’s event series True Detective, was the first choice for NBC’s hotly anticipated The Blacklist (the part went to Megan Boone), Tomei came close with the Emily Mortimer role on HBO’s The Newsroom, and Hudson’s name surfaced for a big project at HBO as well as broadcast entries including CBS’ Bad Teacher.
Toronto: Elmore Leonard’s ‘Life Of Crime’ Near U.S. Deal With Lionsgate/Roadside
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are nearing a deal for a tag-team release of Life Of Crime, Daniel Schechter’s black comic adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s book The Switch. The deal will be for U.S. rights and it will be worth several million dollars. I will try to get more specific when it closes. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes. The picture’s World Premiere at Toronto doesn’t happen until Saturday night, when it plays as the closing-night film of the Toronto Film Festival. It has screened for buyers and press and industry.
The film features some of the characters from the Quentin Tarantino-directed Jackie Brown, which was based on the Leonard novel Rum Punch. This one takes place 15 years earlier when career criminals Ordell (Bey) and Louis (Hawkes) team up to kidnap the wife (Aniston) of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer (Robbins). The husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return and the ex-cons are forced to figure out a Plan B to get paid.
Lionsgate and Roadside have done several successful collaborations that include Margin Call and Arbitrage, and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Those are among the most successful multi-platform releases, but I’m hearing this will likely be a theatrical release. There is certainly a strong cast here. Schechter told me recently that he wrote the script on spec and then was invited by the author (his idol) to hunt down the rights to The Switch because he and Michael Siegel couldn’t remember where they were. Two years later, Schechter collared those rights and got Leonard’s blessing to move forward. Schechter was eager to show the film to Leonard but the author died at 87 a week before Schechter got the film finished. Leonard would have been in attendance at Saturday’s premiere as well.
The film is co-production between Hyde Park Entertainment, Starstream Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Abbolita Entertainment, Ladove Family Trust and the Gotham Group. Pic is produced by Ellen Goldsmith–Vein, Lee Stollman, Liz Destro, Jordan Kessler, Ashok Amritraj, and Michael Siegel. The deal is being negotiated by WME Global and CAA, with Starstream Entertainment’s Kim Leadford.
Big thanks to our friend Maria for sending us scans of Isla in the September issue of Russian Women’s Health magazine. This is a reprint of last years UK edition, but we don’t have scans from that so the photoshoot pictures are new to the site – and are beautiful ones! Check out scans from Isla’s zillionth cover of the year in our Gallery ^_^ (And then hop on over to Maria’s awesome Brooklyn Decker fansite!)
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Big thanks to Nathii for letting us post more of her fanart here on the site – this time a colourful collage of some of Isla’s magazine covers!