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Leterrier Conjures Now You See Me

Heist thriller will be magic

Last we heard, director Louis Leterrier was musing on a strange disaster movie about the Earth losing its gravitational pull. That's apparently still on the cards, but before that, Leterrier will direct Now You See Me, a stratospherically high-concept heist thriller with a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt.

The film involves an FBI squad on the trail of, seriously, a team of the world's greatest illusionists who have taken to pulling off bank robberies during their performances. So it's Point Break meets Ocean's Eleven meets The Prestige meets Davids Copperfield and Blane. Or Penn & Teller. Or Gerry Sadowitz. Or something. But if you can suspend your disbelief for the set-up, it's sounding like it could be a lot of fun.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (writers of Fringe, Star Trek and Cowboys and Aliens) are producing under their own banner. "It's amazing," says Leterrier. "Only great people are involved."

No word of a start-date yet, or of the current state of play with Leterrier's mooted movie version of Y: The Last Man.

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