Jesse Eisenberg holds out hope for a new Now You See Me film, but admits time is against it.

There’s a thesis to be written explaining just how the ending to the fun-but-how-the-hell-did-they-do-that Now You See Me 2, a movie that throws any hint of logic out of the window in favour of a rug pull. No spoilers, just a bit of WTF.

That notwithstanding, the film – like its predecessor – was a hit for Lionsgate, and the plan was for more, and for a return of the ensemble that ultimately featured Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson. Yet it all petered out a little, and it looked as if the chance of a further sequel had gone (not least because Now You See Me 2 arrived four years ago and counting).

On promotional duties for his new film, the excellent Vivarium (out in the UK at the end of this week), Eisenberg has been chatting about the seemingly lost Now You See Me 3.

He told Coming Soon that “I hear occasionally from my friends, the other actors in the movies, that ‘oh, I’ve heard something’ and I go ‘oh really? What’d you hear?’, but all we’ve got is ‘oh, I hear they’re still working on it’”, he said.

It’s a project he remains interested in, though, given how much he enjoyed working on the first two films. But he admitted that of late, “I’ve heard nothing”, wondering “what the statute of limitations on that kind of stuff is, because maybe if enough time passes, there might be a decreasing level of interest in it”.

Maybe somewhere inside Lionsgate Towers it remains on the cooker. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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