Both The Illusionist and The Prestige are about turn of the century performing magicians, and were released not even two months apart from each other; the former was released September 1st, 2006, and the latter on October 20th, 2006.
The fact that they're both about turn of the century magicians -- and that there really aren't any other movies in 2006 that use this general plot -- it strikes me as somewhat unique that these two movies were created and released so close in time to one another.
When looking to directors/production crews for similarities, I'm not able to find anything that stands out..
- Bull's Eye Entertainment
- Bob Yari Productions
- Contagious Entertainment
- Michael London Productions
- Stillking Films
- Touchstone Pictures (presents)
- Warner Bros. (presents)
- Newmarket Productions (as Newmarket Films)
So, how/why did these two magician films get created and released at nearly the same time?
Is this purely coincidence (in which case, that's a perfectly acceptable answer), or, are these movies related in some way? Perhaps, one inspired the other, or, they were apart of a larger "movement/release" of magician films that didn't really take?