Director Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) signed on to direct the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just one month ago. It was not meant to be. Bond left the project six weeks before shooting is scheduled to begin. A Millennium spokesperson told Heat Vision that Bond departed due to creative difference, although the split is reportedly “amicable.”
London Has Fallen has an unusual schedule to accommodate star Gerard Butler‘s current engagement shooting Geostorm. The plan is to shoot for a month with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo starting in October, then pick back up with Butler on board in April. Producer Mark Gill and Butler are looking at candidates and hope to find a new director in the next 72 hours, so it seems they are determined to maintain that schedule.