Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart Returning for OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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This year’s battle of the White House actioners did not play out as most expected.  Director Roland Emmerich’s Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx-fronted White House Down was supposed to be a massive summer hit, but instead the film only managed to gross $73 million domestically.  March’s Olympus Has Fallen, however, was a surprise success, taking in $161 million worldwide against a significantly smaller budget than Emmerich’s pic.  Now it’s the Gerard Butler film that has franchise potential, as the newly restructured Focus Features (which recently absorbed FilmDistrict) is moving forward with an Olympus Has Fallen sequel called London Has Fallen.  Hit the jump for more, including which actors will be back.

london-has-fallen-angela-bassett-morgan-freemanScreen Daily reports that Millennium Films is producing and financing London Has Fallen, with Focus Features onboard to distribute the film in the U.S.  Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell will reprise their roles from the first film, with the story now revolving around a plot to strike London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister.  It is unlikely that Antoine Fuqua will return to direct given that a May 2014 production start date for London Has Fallen is being eyed.  Fuqua is currently busy with post-production on the Denzel Washington thriller The Equalizer, which opens next September.

While White House Down outgrossed Olympus Has Fallen in the global marketplace (it took in $204 million), the Sony pic carried much larger expectations given its pedigree and $150 million budget.  Audiences instead sparked to the graphically violent Olympus Has Fallen (always with the knife-into-head move), and it’ll be interesting to see if the success can be repeated with London Has FallenKatrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger will return to pen the screenplay, and producers are currently out to directors.

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Will Fergie be doing the theme song to this ala a James Bond intro with a remix of her London Bridge is Falling down song? SMH.
    Seriously, this is a terrible business decision. The 1st film was lucky to strike gold as it did. It will not happen twice as the premise was not something that leaves the possibility for a sequel (Speed 2) that would be called for. Unlike Lethal Weapon or even Die Hard this was a spectacle more about the White House being captured and 1 man taking it back (similiar to Die Hard only crappier). I enjoyed it for the B level movie it was but could care less for a sequel. It’s sucks that this sees a sequel and a film like Dredd does not.

  • Person

    Hopefully they give it a bigger budget than the first one. Loved it, but the small budget showed during the VFX sequences. I am pleasantly surprised to be getting a franchise here though. Gotta love a good, no-frills action movie.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Olympus has fallen 2: Fall Harder

    • To Be Continued

      Olympus Has Fallen… Again! 2 1/2

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I’ll agree to that title change only if they get Renny Harlin to direct it and use ice cicles to stab people in the head instead of knives.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I’ll agree to that title change only if they get Renny Harlin to direct it and use ice cicles to stab people in the head instead of knives.

  • SomeGuy

    Expect Parliament Down soon as well, the sequel to White House Down.

  • JediGrandmaster

    Stop making everything a frachise , especially dumb movies that didn’t deserve to exist in first place .

    • The Flobbit

      One sequel does not a franchise make.

  • NICK НΛRT

    seriously? this gets announced before a pacific rim sequel?

    • Person

      It also came out months before PacRim, just be patient.

  • j

    Worst movie I saw in theatres all year.

    • randommale7

      Agreed

    • randommale7

      Agreed

  • Brendan

    Actually, Olympus Has Fallen had reached above $170 million worldwide. Box Office Mojo hasn’t update the international box office gross numbers since August.

  • Brendan

    Actually, Olympus Has Fallen had reached above $170 million worldwide. Box Office Mojo hasn’t update the international box office gross numbers since August.

  • Batzombie

    Olympus Has Fallen 2: The Wrath of Kang (Zombie)

  • Batzombie

    Olympus Has Fallen 2: The Wrath of Kang (Zombie)

  • Northern Star

    It’s nice for Gerard Butler that ‘Olympus…’ became a bona fide hit in both theatrical and ancilllary markets, but I would recommend anyone watch ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ where Butler gives a powerhouse performance in a criminally underrated film that was butchered in the marketing department by Lionsgate… as they did so again with ‘Dredd’ a mere year later, well done Lionsgate marketing guys, job well done… NOT!!!

  • derek

    Why not do a North Korea has fallen. And have the U.S. invading them.

  • The Flobbit

    In WTF sequel news today…

  • The Flobbit

    But hey, this could be cool…

    Can’t it?

  • matt

    I’m sure the entire reason that the location has been moved to London is to increase the foreign grosses. With all the hoopla about the Chinese market I’m surprised they didn’t set the movie in Beijing.

    Looks like they are adding a British male lead MI6 agent as well, probably for the same reasons the film is set in London now. Hope they cast Sean Bean as the MI6 agent in this one. Guy hasn’t done a big action movie in a while though he certainly has the credibility for it.

    I enjoyed Olympus, but I’m not sure if this one will work out the same way. You didn’t really need a sequel this. Kind of puts it in cheesy Die Hard territory.

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  • Ozweego

    Although OLF was a ton better then that piece of crap White House Down, it by no means deserves a sequel. Hollywood hasn’t an original idea among the lot of them.

  • alk

    personally, I think “LONDON BRIDGE has fallen” has a more relevant and poignant ring to it. its something everyone is familiar with- and plus, i know for sure- EVERYONE who hears this title will immediately think that’s what it should have been called..

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  • Strong Enough

    LMAO

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  • Jiesheng Li

    a stupid film will a sillier idea to create a sequel

  • Jiesheng Li

    a stupid film will a sillier idea to create a sequel

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