If it feels like you’re seeing Edward Ricourt’s name on quite a few projects these days, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. Ricourt is on quite a winning streak lately, having penned the all-star ensemble thriller “Now You See Me” (with Boaz Yakin and Ed Solomon), and having a hand as either a writer, story editor, or producer on the TV series “Wayward Pines” and the sleek and critically acclaimed “Jessica Jones” on Netflix.
Ricourt attended Dickinson College, starting out as a political science major. He gradually started to see himself taking a different career path, and began attending film and theatre classes. And in the end, watching movies started to take on a whole new meaning for him as he began to envision writing scripts and coming up with scenarios rather than just buying a ticket. He graduated from Dickinson in 1995; Ricourt is proof positive that it may take time to have that one big breakthrough, but it does happen.
Ricourt pitched a simple premise (“What if I were a magician? What would I do?”) to Yakin, whose credits include directing “Remember the Titans” and writing “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “Max.”
The script came together pretty quickly, and the ensemble cast ended up being almost the perfect blend of rising stars mixed in with veteran names, including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine. The movie’s success spawned a sequel released this year and a third movie in the franchise is also in the works.
In this episode of the podcast Ricourt discusses breaking into the business among other aspects of the filmmaking business.
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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