Jon M. Chu is in talks with Lionsgate to direct “Now You See Me 2,” which is set for a fall start.
The studio has been touting “Now You See Me 2″ as a key component in its strategy to capitalize on franchises. It has not yet dated the sequel.
Louis Leterrier directed the original from a script by Edward Ricourt, Boaz Yakin and Ed Solomon with a team of four magicians — also known as The Four Horsemen — pulling off a series of daring heists against a corrupt bank. “Now You See Me” was produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen.
Chu directed three “Step Up” movies, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Jem and the Holograms.” He’s repped by WME, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Allison Binder.