by Justin Cook
Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond is set to direct London Has Fallen, the sequel to last year’s Olympus Has Fallen.
Proving to be a surprise hit at the box office last year, Olympus Has Fallen grossed $161 million worldwide on a $70 million budget. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman starred in the 2013 film and are all set to reprise their roles for the upcoming sequel.
Olympus Has Fallen followed lone secret service agent Mike Banning, who is forced to save and protect the president when the White House is attacked by North Korean terrorists. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, many praised the film’s raw, bloody, and intense action sequences.
The sequel, London Has Fallen, will follow the film’s three main characters as they attend the British Prime Minister’s funeral in London. Eventually, all hell breaks loose and a plot is discovered to wipe out many of the world’s leaders. Once again the characters find themselves fighting for their lives.
Before directing last year’s Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood, Bond directed many music videos and commercials. He spent much of his career doing this before he made his feature film debut in 2013 at Sundance.
Focus Features will distribute the sequel domestically, which is looking to start filming this October. Gerard Butler will also be producing the film alongside Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole.
In 2013 Olympus Has Fallen wasn’t the only film released that year to deal with a terrorist attack on the White House. Also released was Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, which failed to connect with audiences despite being a big-budget summer movie.
White House Down starred Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, two powerhouse actors at the box office, but ended up only making $205 million on a $150 million budget.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter