The race of the two “White House action-thrillers” is on. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has been offered the Nu Image/Millenium property Olympus Has Fallen, in direct competition with Columbia’s similarly-plotted White House Down, which has Roland Emmerich in talks to direct. Olympus Has Fallen is described as “Die Hard in the White House” and has Gerard Butler attached to play a down-on-his-luck ex-Secret Service agent who becomes America’s only hope when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is taken over by terrorists. When the White House is compromised, turning to the 300 guy is a sufficiently safe bet.
Heat Vision reports that Fuqua has the offer to direct and is in early talks to come onboard the project. Fuqua has had bad luck developing projects lately, as he recently bowed out of the Tupac Shakur biopic. His recent output (Shooter, Brooklyn’s Finest) hasn’t exactly lived up to the promise of Training Day, and I’m kind of pulling for the Emmerich project to win out. If you’re gonna make a ludicrous movie about the White House, Emmerich is guaranteed to do it up big.