‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘London Has Fallen’ Gets a Director

Published 4 months ago by , Updated August 21st, 2014 at 12:05 pm,

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Despite some issues with storytelling, Antoine Fuqua’s one-man-army film, Olympus Has Fallen, is a solidly entertaining action movie. The movie follows an ex-secret service operative fighting terrorists in the White House (not to be confused with Roland Emmerich’s White House Down about a wannabe secret service agent fighting terrorists in the White House).

While both blockbusters performed well at the box office, Fuqua’s R-rated action film grossed more domestically and cost significantly less to create; thus, Olympus Has Fallen is the one that earned a sequel, titled London Has Fallen. However, Fuqua will not be returning to direct the followup, which was originally intended to begin production May 2014. Millennium Films has instead tapped a newcomer to helm London Has Fallen.

THR reported Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) is in negotiations with Millennium to direct London Has Fallen. The film is now aiming to begin production in October 2014 in order to meet the film’s October 2015 release date. Stars of Olympus Has Fallen, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, will reprise their roles for the sequel.

Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart) and Olympus Has Fallen scriptwriters Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger (who also co-wrote The Expendables 3) will be sharing writing credit for the London Has Fallen script. The sequel story follows secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler), U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart), and speaker of the House of Representatives Allan Trumbull (Freeman) who attend the funeral of the British prime minister in London, where a plot to kill the world’s leaders is revealed. Banning and Asher must work with an MI-6 agent in order to save the world’s most powerful leaders.

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London Has Fallen seems to be a standard followup to a conventional lone gunman film — a movie trope seen again and again in the action genre that has, arguably, been executed much better than what Fuqua accomplished in Olympus Has Fallen. With so many films following the same basic premise, it’s hard to create a new movie that stands out among the rest (although a drastic differentiation isn’t necessarily needed to do well at the box office).

Perhaps Bond will be able to bring a unique eye to London Has Fallen and create enough interesting visual sequences so as to separate the film from others within the genre. Although reviews of Charlie Countrymen were mixed — and skewed more toward unfavorable — Bond’s feature-length directorial debut was at least visually interesting.

Whether Bond will be able to translate the skills he demonstrated in his independent film (or improve upon them) in the blockbuster action sequel, London Has Fallen, remains to be seen and it not be worth speculating; although negotiations have begun between Millennium and Bond, the director has not yet signed on for the movie.

London Has Fallen is scheduled to premiere October 2nd, 2015.

Source: THR

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  1. Here that,dazz? They decided to blow up england for once. I don’t think england gets that many explosion love in american film. Also, I have an idea to close the trilogy.

    Tokyo has fallen War on Godzilla.

    Hey, its perfect for making money overseas, right?

    • Mo clue why you aimed that comment at me because honestly, as long as the script is right, I don’t care where a film is set. Aim your comment at the people who wanted to see more of London in the last season of 24 because I certainly wasn’t one of them.

      Besides, London’s been blown up countless times over the years (Team America and Independence Day to name just two). Besides, if London is destroyed in this film, I don’t think the rest of the UK will mind because most people outside London hate the place for a variety of reasons.

  2. The Kingdom has fallen

  3. I loved Olympus has Fallen… that movie was filled with so much kickass action.
    Glad that they are making a sequel about it.. Hope it’ll be as good, if not better, than the first one.

    • Lawrence I so agree with you!

      The action and suspense was so addictive. I crave moar…Moar dammit!

  4. I want a scene where Gerard Butler goes THIS!IS!LONDON! and then kicks a bad guy into a pit.
    Also the ending movie to the trilogy should be Tokyo has Fallen.

  5. I enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.

  6. Genuinely haven’t seen Olympus Has Fallen yet (the next big movie Sky Movies Premiere are airing this week is Thor: TDW, not sure if they’re saving OHF due to White House Down airing a few months back but they still haven’t aired the two Hobbit movies yet, or Saw 7).

  7. That MI-6 agent better be played by Daniel Craig.
    I understand that both Gerard Butler and Daniel Craig are best mates in real life. So it could happen onscreen. (Fingers cross)

  8. I loved olympus has fallen! (More than white house down) so im glad to hear a sequel is still moving forward & the main cast reprised their roles!

  9. Dolly Parton’s boobarinos have fallen and they can’t get up!

  10. All joking aside (well, most), I will be there to watch this one, tea and crumpets in hand!