After cutting his teeth on martial arts centered action films like The Transporter and Unleashed, Louis Leterrier walked onto bigger sets and turned The Incredible Hulk into a modest hit while his Clash of the Titans remake became a global phenomenon. After the film grossed nearly a half billion dollars worldwide, the French filmmaker was rumored to be considering a handful a pricey productions to follow up with (including the James Cameron produced Fantastic Voyage remake, which ultimately went to Shawn Levy) but has officially chosen Summit Entertainment's developing crime thriller Now You See Me as of today.
The Playlist reports that Leterrier will take on the high-concept heist thriller for the studio, which revolves around a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and showers the profits on to their audiences. Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia, Remember The Titans) and Ed Ricourt penned the screenplay while Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. Yakin and Bobby Cohen will executive produce.
I'm very interested to see how this one develops. I enjoyed Leterrier's Transporter films for what they were, and though Titans was a steaming pile of shit, his take on Hulk was acceptable. Now You See Me has a dream-team creative crew aboard and the film is unquestionably a major departure for the director. It could open doors to new projects that studios and producers wouldn't have previously thought he was right for. But most importantly, it sounds like a cool movie.
Source: The Playlist