April 3rd, 2013, by Rob

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a 2013 comedy film directed by Don Scardino and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell, and Daley & Goldstein. The film follows Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) as he attempts to reunite with his former partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) to take on dangerous street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).




The film began development in 2006, when New Line Cinema bought Kultgen’s script, “Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth”. The development process gained momentum when Charles McDougall was hired as director in 2011, but he eventually left the project and was replaced with Scardino. Daley and Goldstein rewrote Kultgen’s script which then saw further rewrites from Jason Reitman in June 2011.

Filming was scheduled to begin in October 2011, in Los Angeles, California but was pushed back to January 2012. On a $30 million budget, filming began on January 10, 2012 in Nevada with filming later moving to Los Angeles. The film was released on March 15, 2013.




Movie2k Watch Movies – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Plot

In 1982, young Albert is harassed by bullies. His mother gives him a special magic trick set by veteran magician Rance Holloway as his birthday present. He studies the instructional video and begins to practice some tricks, attracting the attention of a classmate, Anthony. They practice together and eventually become Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, earning them an ongoing gig at the Aztec Casino in Las Vegas. However, after ten years of performing the same tricks over and over again, Anton is fed up with Burt’s ego, which has already cost them previous female assistants, called Nicole in the act. In a rush, Burt enlists production assistant Jane as the new Nicole.

Burt and Anton encounter up-and-coming street magician Steve Gray performing a unique yet horrifying magic card trick for his TV magic show, Brain Rapist. Audience numbers soon dwindle at Burt and Anton’s show. Taking a cue from Gray’s own endurance-based stunts, Anton suggests that he and Burt try a similar tack–locking themselves up in a plastic cage called the Hot Box hung above the ground. Because he has not prepared himself for the stunt, Burt panics, causing him and Anton to fall to the ground, injuring Anton who angrily parts ways with Burt. Jane too leaves the act.

Burt’s efforts to keep the show running on his own fail. Aztec owner Doug Munny shuts down the production and Burt is left broke. Despondent, Burt tries to find work and is eventually hired as an entertainer at an assisted-living facility catering to former Vegas entertainers. There he meets Holloway, who retired several years before. Holloway counsels Burt about magic. Burt is shocked to see Jane–herself an aspiring magician–working for Gray. Appalled by Gray’s style, Holloway and Burt polish their own tricks. Jane visits her grandmother at the facility and patches things up with Burt.

Doug is opening a new casino-hotel and is offering a five-year contract to the winner of a talent search on the casino’s opening night. He invites Burt to do a magic show at his son’s birthday party, but Gray also appears and tries to upstage Burt with his own tricks. Disgusted by Gray’s tricks, Jane leaves his show. Burt reconnects with Anton, who has been distributing magic sets in Cambodia. They consider ideas for the talent search and decide a special, and near-impossible, trick.

At the show, Gray drills into his brain, claiming it will not affect him. Holloway introduces, Burt, Anton, and Jane, who proceed with their trick called the “Disappearing Audience.” They sedate the audience with sleeping gas then transport them to an outdoor location. The audience members awake seated in their actual positions. Seeing the audience enthralled by the trick, Doug announces that Burt and Anton have won the search; Jane will be their new partner. The trio pull off the Disappearing Audience trick again and bring everybody back to the casino. A now mentally impaired Gray watches on with the drill bit still in his skull.




Movie2k Watch Movies – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Cast

Steve Carell as Albert Wunderstein/Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi as Anthony Mertz/Anton Marvelton
Olivia Wilde as Jane
Alan Arkin as Rance Holloway
James Gandolfini as Doug Munny
Jim Carrey as Steve Gray
Jay Mohr as magician Rick the Implausible
Michael Herbig as Lucius Belvedere
Zachary Gordon as a bully from Wonderstone’s youth
Brad Garrett as Dom, Burt’s accountant
Gillian Jacobs as Miranda, a magic fan
Illusionist David Copperfield cameos as himself
The film’s co-writer John Francis Daley cameos as a paramedic

Movie2k Watch Movies – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Production

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Development

The film started development in 2006 when New Line Cinema bought Chad Kultgen’s script, titled “Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth.” By September 2010, Carell had joined the film, and the script had been completely rewritten by screenwriting team John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The pair extensively researched the lifestyle of Vegas magicians, taking note of the pressure of performing multiple times a day and the consequence of living within the “Vegas bubble where you’re not exposed to the outside world [which] can actually make someone stir-crazy or egotistical.” In July 2011, the story was described as following Burt Wonderstone, a formerly successful magician who was overshadowed by a younger, edgier magician. However, by the time Carrey had joined the project in October 2011, the younger magician character had become simply a rival magician, and Burt was now part of a formerly successful magic duo.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Release

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone premiered as the opening film of the SXSW festival on March 8, 2013; it was introduced by Carrell, Carrey and Wilde. The film received a wide release in North America and the United Kingdom on March 15, 2013.





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