If you could travel back in time one year and tell me I’d enjoy Olympus Has Fallen far better than White House Down, the other “Die Hard in the White House” film of 2013, I’d call you crazy. I would have sworn the on-screen pairing of Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx would have been more entertaining, but I woefully underestimated Gerard Butler, director Antoine Fuqua, and the team behind Olympus Has Fallen. It’s an insanely violent and jingoistic movie complete with snappy one-liners, head-stabbings, and brazen action sequences, and much to my own surprise, I loved every ridiculously enjoyable minute of it.
The movie also made $160 million worldwide on a $70 million budget, so it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that FilmDistrict (now being folded into Focus Features) has put a sequel into development. Screen Daily (via The Film Stage) reports that the new movie will be called London Has Fallen and will move the action abroad to the UK.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in London on May 5 2014 on the story of a plot to strike the city during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day.
Aaron Eckhart (the President), Gerard Butler (Secret Service Head), and Morgan Freeman (the Vice President) are all returning, with Angela Basset and Radha Mitchell reprising their supporting roles. Fuqua won’t be back behind the camera (the search for a replacement director is on as you’re reading this), but the returning talent I’m most excited about are screenwriters Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, who put some electricity and originality into a “we’ve seen this before” premise in the first film.
Don’t worry about the fact that “Olympus” was a code name for the White House, which means this new title isn’t as cool because it just uses the name of a city instead of a code name. And don’t worry about how the U.S. President could possibly save the day in a terrorism scenario (he was a boxer in the first film, so we’re guessing he’ll clock a few dudes in this one). Here’s hoping Jason Statham plays the MI6 agent, because that’s exactly the kind of crazy that would be a perfect fit with this new franchise.
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