‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Update: Babak Najafi to Direct Upcoming Sequel
Scandinavian helmer Babak Najafi, known for his directorial work on “Easy Money II: Hard to Kill in in negotiations to direct the sequel of the action pic “Olympus Has Fallen” entitled “London Has Fallen.” It will star Gerard Butler (“300”), Aaron Eckhart (“I, Frankenstein”) and Morgan Freeman (“The Lego Movie”). For more details on this story read on.
According to Deadline, Babak Najafi is currently in talks to replace Fredrik Bond who has left the project due to creative differences.
“London has Fallen” will follow the characters as they attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister, which has become a plot to kill all the world leaders. Butler, Eckhart and Freeman will be joined by Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell who will both reprise their roles for the pic.
The original action thriller pic, “Olympus Has Fallen” starred Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, and Rick Yune in supporting roles. The pic focuses on the efforts of Secret Service agent Mike Banning to stop a North Korean-led guerrilla assault on the White House. “Olympus has fallen” has received mixed critical reception but was able to earn over $160 million against its $70 million production budget. By the end of its first weekend, the pic earned $30.5 million. It has made a total of over $161 million at the box-office worldwide, making it FilmDistrict’s highest grossing film to date.
“London has Fallen” screenplay will be written by Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt with Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill and Matt O’Toole to produce the pic. Focus Features has gained rights for distribution fior the sequel pic. Production for the sequel was scheduled to begin in May 2014 in London.
Focus has slated the action-thriller pic for a release on Oct. 2, 2015.
That’s it for our latest scoop on the “Olympus has Fallen” sequel, “London has Fallen” with Babak Najafi in talks to direct the film. For more updates on your fave TV shows, upcoming movies and other celebrity news, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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