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Not content to just take down the White House in a blaze of glory, the producers and stars of “Olympus Has Fallen” have now set their sights on London, in a sequel set to shoot as early as next May.
The sequel will be called “London Has Fallen”, and will re-team the male trio from “Olympus”, including star Gerard Butler — who played a formerly disgraced Secret Service agent who earns back his stripes by saving the White House and the President from Korean terrorists in the first movie — along with Aaron Eckhart as the Prez, and Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the White, who assumed the Prez role briefly.
Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, who wrote the first movie, will return to script the sequel, though director Antoine Fuqua is probably not coming back. Or at least, it’s unknown if he’s coming back at this point.
The sequel will, as the title suggests, relocate the action to London, “with an attack on the city during the funeral of the British prime minister, attended by a U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), the U.S. president (Eckhart) and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Freeman).”
No word if Radha Mitchell, who played Butler’s wife, a doctor in the first movie, will also return.
As you’ll recall, “Olympus Has Fallen” was one of two “Die Hard in the White House” movies to come out in 2013, with the other being the Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx “White House Down”. The much more expensive “White House Down” boasted a multi-million dollar script by James Vanderbilt (or at least, that’s how much the studio paid for the script) and a big name director in Roland Emmerich, and though it did more business overall ($204 worldwide box office to “Olympus’” $161), it couldn’t turn the type of profit that “Olympus” did, thanks to “White House’s” unnecessarily bloated $150 production budget. “Olympus”, by comparison, was only saddled with a $70 million production budget.
Go figure, right? Of the two movies, I actually liked “White House Down” more because it took the whole thing as one big joke, while “Olympus” was uber serious. But I guess being first still matters these days. Though both films went into production about the same time, “Olympus” beat “White House” into theaters by a good two months.
Via : Variety