Some sequels really only name themselves and in the case of 2016 Now you see 2, there was an obvious choice for a title, but a very silly reason prevented that from happening.
Of 2013 Now you see Me it turned out to be an unexpected blockbuster, raising $ 117.7 million domestically and $ 351.7 million worldwide with a budget of $ 75 million. The movie had a solid cast, sleek visuals, and world-building potential, which is why a sequel became inevitable. All signs pointed to the obvious choice to call the sequel Now you don’t but director Jon M. Chu revealed “Collider“that the marketing department did not like the title because they were strangely obsessed with the word “not”.
“We tried a lot to call it Now You Don’t, but the marketing department, this is true, they said, ‘We don’t like the word not in a title.’ And we were like, ‘Who? This is like the perfect literal title. ‘ And they said, ‘No, we call it NOW YOU SEE ME 2.’ Can we at least have one more word or something? … It breaks my heart when I see that, because I say, ‘Yeah, we should have called it that.’ I agree. “
Now you see Me is about the mysterious organization known as the “Eye”, made up of a powerful group of illusionists who use their influence to bring order to the world. The series’ mythology sees four new illusionists, called the “Four Horsemen”, being included in the “Eye” and tasked with exposing the evil mogul, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). The sequel saw the Horsemen face off against a new villain, in the form of Tressler’s son, as they came to a deeper understanding of what exactly the “Eye” does to maintain balance in the world. In both films, the cast consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, and Sanaa Lathan.
Maybe Now you see me 2 It would have made a little more money at the box office if it was called Now You Don’t. Nationwide, the film fell sharply to a gross revenue of $ 65 million, but global gross revenue was still strong with a revenue of $ 334.8 million. Lionsgate still wants to make a third movie, and Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, announced last year that the writer of American hustle, Eric Warren Singer, had signed on to write the script for Now you see me 3. This is what he said about the project at the time:
“Eric has always been fascinated with the art of deception and illusion in all its forms and he came to us with a great story that takes the Now You See Me mythology and takes the ‘Four Horsemen’ to a whole new level. featuring our returning key cast and new characters. The Now You See Me franchise has been built to keep audiences amazed and guessing. Any great magician knows that you can’t keep doing the same tricks. And Eric and his team of illusionists have something special up their sleeve for this new movie. “
I’m upset because a third movie Now you don’t it is not an option for a title. Talk about a missed opportunity.