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(Cbr) Scandinavian director Babak Najafi will take the reins for "London Has Fallen," the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit "Olympus Has Fallen," Heat Vision reports. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo on board to reprise their roles from the action thriller. Najafi, who previously helmed two episodes of Cinemax’s "Banshee," will replace Fredrik Bond, who departed the project earlier this month, citing creative differences. Najafi joins the sequel just as it prepares to begin the first half of principal photography. "London" will shoot for four weeks before breaking until February, when Butler — who is currently working on the feature film Geostorm — will join the production. The "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel finds the new franchise’s hero trio traveling from Washington, D.C., to London to attend the funeral of the British prime minister. While across the pond, they’re unexpectedly caught in the middle »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Earlier this month, the Olympus Has Fallen sequel lost its director, Fredrik Bond, with just weeks before the film started shooting. Thankfully though Millennium and Gerard Butler have found a replacement in Scandinavian director Babak Najafi. He directed the Snabba cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, but London Has Fallen will be his English-language debut.
As soon as Bond left London, the studio and Butler started looking for a new director to take over. But the actor wasn't liking the directing prospects so much so that he considered leaving the project entirely. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Gary Fleder (Homefront, Runaway Jury) were considered, but Najafi led the race.
Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, and Christian Gudegast. The Olympus sequel picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. »
- Laura Frances
London Has Fallen is the surprise sequel to the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen, which managed to beat the similarly themed White House Down at the box office, despite that film taking on stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. However, it hasn’t been a smooth road for London Has Fallen, with original director Antoine Fuqua unable to continue the series due to post-production work on The Equalizer, and then Fredrik Bond leaving the project just 4 weeks before principal photography was due to start. Now it looks as though Focus Features has found their man in the form of Swedish director Babak Najafi, the man who gave us Easy Money II: Hard To Kill.
Set in London (obviously), the film sees world leaders attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. This is obviously the perfect time for nefarious evildoers to attempt murders and badness. Enter Gerard Butler as the head of the secret service, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen now has a new director, and in the nick of time too. Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was previously set to direct after Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua declined the opportunity over creative differences, but Bond subsequently left the project over a week ago when he felt the time crunch was just too intense. Millennium and star Gerard Butler began scrambling to find a replacement with production set to begin next month, but when Butler wasn’t liking many of the choices, he started considering leaving the project altogether. That won’t be happening, however, as Easy Money II: Hard to Kill helmer Babak Najafi is now in negotiations to take the helm. Hit the jump for more on the London Has Fallen director and the atypical, two-part shooting schedule that the film will undergo. Per Heat Vision, Babak Najafi has been selected »
- Adam Chitwood
As unlikely as it may seem (or maybe not, when you consider the surprisingly high box office receipts), Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart’s White House takeover pic Olympus Has Fallen will be getting an equally ludicrous, action-packed sequel with the upcoming London Has Fallen. And despite Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua and Charlie Countryman filmmaker Fredrik Bond both backing away from the project over its creative direction, Millenium Films isn’t giving up. Now, we’re hearing that Scandinavian director Babak Najafi is being eyed to take the reins.
Though he’s hardly a household name, Najafi has a solid resume and is best known for directing Joel Kinnaman in another sequel, Easy Money II: Hard to Kill. He has also helmed episodes of the action-packed Cinemax series Banshee and made his debut on the acclaimed drama Sebbe. According to Deadline, Najafi is the favorite to helm London Has Fallen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Earlier this month, we reported that Fredrik Bond parted ways with the upcoming Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen due to creative differences. Today, Millennium has announced that Easy Money: Hard to Kill director Babak Najafi is close to making a deal to take the director's seat.
The sequel is set in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head, and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
The project will begin shooting next month with stars Morgan Freeman, »
Scandinavian helmer Babak Najafi ("Easy Money II: Hard to Kill") is in talks to replace Fredrik Bond at the helm of "London Has Fallen," the upcoming sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen" from Millennium Entertainment.
With only a few weeks to go before shooting, Bond left the production and so both Millennium and leading man Gerard Butler scrambled to find a replacement.
If Najafi is set, he'll shoot four weeks of the project with cast members Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo in London shortly. Then the production goes on hold for a few months and picks up again from February to April, this time with Butler also in tow.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The story follows the three main characters to London as they attend the funeral of the British prime minister. The trio is suddenly caught in the middle of plot to kill all the world leaders. The project will shoot for a month in London and then break until February so that Butler can shoot “Geostorm.”
“Olympus Has Fallen” performed respectably last year with $161 million in worldwide grosses.
Najafi directed “Easy Money II: Hard to Kill.” He »
- Dave McNary
Despite powerful forward moment after Olympus Has Fallen won victory in the Battle Of The White House Action Films last year, sequel London Has Fallen stumbled recently when director Fredrik Bond decided to quit. But it appears that star Gerard Butler and the producers already have their eyes on a replacement, with Easy Money II: Hard To Kill’s Babak Najafi entering talks for the job.With Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of a British Prime Minister.World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a »
Filmmakers have been obsessed with Frankenstein since James Whale brought Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel to life and instantly gave birth to an iconic monster franchise that remains a major priority for Universal. It’s one of the most important public domain properties in fiction, but reanimating the Green Guy into a worthy anti-hero isn’t easy. Everyone from Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and Aaron Eckhart have discovered you need more than neck bolts to spark a good movie. The futility hasn’t stopped Candyman and Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose, who’s returning to horror filmmaking with his own modern take on the Frankenstein legend. He shot his in downtown Los Angeles, with Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, and Tony Todd starring in a Frankenfilm set against the backdrop of the contemporary 3D bio-printing revolution. “They’re already 3D-printing organs, so to actually print an entire human being »
- Jen Yamato
The best-selling first-person shooter game, which was published last year by Tokyo-based DeNa, is being crafted as an ecological horror-thriller. The adaptation will follow the aftermath of a deep-sea drilling accident that unleashes ancient micro-organisms into the water supply of a small coastal town near Seattle.
Ted Field, Mike Weber and Michael Napoleillo are producing for Radar Pictures, with Tom Van Dell and Jason Moskowitz serving as executive producers. No production schedule has been given at this time.
After breaking out with their action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen, husband and wife screenwriters Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt went on to write the Lionsgate sequel The Expendables 3. They are currently writing the upcoming follow-up London Has Fallen, where Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles from Olympus Has Fallen. »
Back in August it was revealed that "London Has Fallen," which is a sequel to Gerard Butler's "Olympus Has Fallen," hired director Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) with plans of starting production in October. That didn't leave a lot of time for Bond to come aboard and get everything ready before cameras started rolling. And now comes word that the accelerated schedule scared Bond, who decided to drop out of the project. Search for his replacement is already underway. It's expected that a new helmer will be hired within the next 72 hours. There are other issues that the new director will have to keep in mind. Because of Butler's other obligations, "London Has Fallen" will shoot in October for four weeks with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. Production will then shut down and pick up again in February, when Butler will become available. "London Has Fallen »
Just six weeks before filming was to begin, the upcoming action thriller "London Has Fallen" has lost its director.
Fredrik Bond has dropped out of helming Millennium's sequel to last year's surprise hit "Olympus Has Fallen". A company spokesman claim the departure was amicable and due to creative differences. The company hopes to secure a new director by early next week.
Bond ("Charlie Countryman") only came onboard the film in August, and the production's accelerated schedule may have played a big factor in the decision. Bond has come from a commercials and indie feature world, so the jump to not just a big budget action thriller, but one on such a demanding schedule would be daunting to say the least.
- Garth Franklin
The Millenium Films actioner, titled “London Has Fallen,” was scheduled to begin shooting next month in England.
Focus has dated the action-thriller for an Oct. 2, 2015 release.
The story follows the three main characters to London as they attend the funeral of the British prime minister. The trio is suddenly caught in the middle of plot to kill all the world leaders.
“Olympus Has Fallen” performed respectably last year with $161 million in worldwide grosses.
News of Bond’s departure was first reported by THR. »
- Dave McNary
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.
- Brendan Bettinger
London Has Fallen is down a director.
The sequel to 2013’s box office hit Olympus Has Fallen was set to begin shooting in just six weeks, with original cast members Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman set to return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the split was due to creative differences that may have stemmed from the accelerated production schedule. Bond only boarded the project in August.
Sources tell THR that Millennium Films »
- Lindsey Bahr
• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
The face of "Doctor Who" for the last four years, as well as one of the stars of Ryan Gosling's misfire "Lost River," Matt Smith is now bringing this talents to a twisted take on a Jane Austen classic. The actor is joining Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Burr Steers will finally get this long developing project moving, and the story follows "Liz Bennett, [who] is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home and chafes at the stiff societal ways of 1800s England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague." Smith will play Mr. Collins, and production starts next week. [THR] "Sons Of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal is joining Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciarin Hinds in "Bleed For This." The movie tells the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who’ll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.
Bleed For This deals with Pazienza’s miraculous recovery from a car crash that left him with a broken back. He was told he might never walk again, let alone fight, but no one could stop the Pazmanian Devil, a world champ in two weight classes. Pic is produced by Sikelia’s Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff Tillinger, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
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