Louis Leterrier started his directing career off strong. Most people found his films The Transporter and Transporter 2 to be fun action romps that came out of nowhere and took Jason Statham’s career to the next level. Then he made The Hulk, which got mixed reactions, but everyone seemed to agree it was a step in the right direction after Ang Lee’s mess of a take on the character. This was the “now you see me” part of Leterrier’s career.

Then he made Clash of the Titans. I haven’t heard anybody say a good thing about it yet. As a matter of fact, that film has sort of become the poster child both for lame 3D conversions and the mediocrity of last summer’s blockbuster season. If Leterrier doesn’t follow that stinker up with something that people respond better to, he may just be entering the “now you don’t” phase of his career.

Well, we’ve now got word of what that follow-up will be. Leterrier has signed on to make Now You See Me for Summit Entertainment. The film is described as a cat and mouse game between a crack team of FBI agents and a team of bank robbers made up of the world’s greatest illusionists. The robbers apparently perform these heists during their shows and then shower the money on their audiences.

That’s an original sounding-concept that seems like it could be a lot of fun if pulled off well. The heist movie genre desperately needs an injection of some sort of creativity, as all of those things look exactly the same, and this sounds like it could be a standout. I’m initially a little hesitant about the project, as one of the writers is Boaz Yakin, a man who has credits on such gems as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the ’89 The Punisher; but I’ll choose to remain optimistic. Being one of the many writing credits on a series of shitty Hollywood productions doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a terrible writer: it just suggests it. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you Louis, don’t screw this one up.

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