Say what you will about Olympus Has Fallen, but I thought it was way more interesting than that OTHER “Die Hard in the White House” film that came out last year, White House Down. Seeing Gerard Butler engage in gloriously ridiculous violence and seeing the entire production embrace the stupidity of its premise made Olympus Has Fallen a much more enjoyable experience for me, and I was very excited to hear that it is getting a sequel, titled London Has Fallen. But today’s announcement of who will direct this sequel has me even more excited than before.
THR says that Fredrik Bond will get behind the camera for this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re looking quizzically at your screen right now wondering who the hell that is, so let me tell you: Bond is a music video director who made his feature film directorial debut on a 2013 movie called Charlie Countryman, which starred Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mads Mikkelsen. Almost nobody saw it because it didn’t get a great theatrical release, but it’s available to stream on Netflix right now and I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something to watch. It features a great performance from LaBeouf, a compelling story, and some strong direction from Bond, who imbues the movie with a fairy tale sensibility while also handling some cool action sequences and effective romance at the same time. He’s a talented filmmaker, and I’ve been stoked to see whatever he does next.
Luckily for me, he’s doing London Has Fallen, which is looking to start filming in October. The movie follows Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent, Aaron Eckhart’s President of the United States, and Morgan Freeman’s Speaker of the House as they visit England for the Prime Minister’s funeral…and then some sh*t goes down yet again. Will London Has Fallen be as insanely jingoistic and unbelievably crazy as its predecessor since it takes place overseas? That’d be really impressive, but I’ll be in the theater on opening day to find out.
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