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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 may have found a new director. According to a new report Babak Najafi, best known for Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (a.k.a. Snabba Cash II), has entered talks to take over at the helm following Fredrik Bond‘s last-minute departure. Gerard Butler returns to star in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel along […]
The post ‘London Has Fallen’ Closes In On a New Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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
Just last month, we learned that Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond would get behind the camera for London Has Fallen the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, one of two White House-set thrillers that hit theaters in 2013. However, recently creative differences saw Bond leave the project weeks before production was slated to begin, prompting producers to quickly look for a replacement to step up and stay on schedule. Now it sounds like they've found one as THR reports Scandinavian director Babak Najafi, director of the Snabba Cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, is now in talks to tackle the sequel instead. More below! This would mark the English-language feature film debut of Najafi, but he has also directed some episodes of the Cinemax action thriller series "Banshee," so he's not completely inexperienced. The sequel sounds like it has a lot of struggles to overcome, especially since star Gerard Butler »
- Ethan Anderton
Industry analysts were surprised when Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua walked away from the franchise right as it appeared to be blossoming. The sequel, London Has Fallen, was under way, with Fuqua.s cast . notably leading man Gerard Butler . returning to continue the story. So when London Has Fallen lost its replacement director, we wondered if Fuqua.s telephone has been ringing. As it turns out, no one has called. We were speaking with Antoine Fuqua about his hit action thriller The Equalizer, which cleaned up at the box office over the weekend. But when I asked him if he.d been approached to swing to the rescue of London Has Fallen now that it is without a director, he told me: No, man. I turned it down early, early on when I read the first draft of the script. And no, I haven.t spoken to anybody since »
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, »
Douglas Cook and David Weisberg's script follows a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA operative in hopes of stopping a diabolical plot. [Source: Heat Vision]
Antonio Banderas is set to star in Hugh Hudson's English-language period drama "Altamira" which begins shooting in Cantabria, Spain this week. Olivia Hetreed ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") penned the script.
The story is set in 1879 and charts the story of an amateur archaeologist (Banderas) and his daughter who discover early cave art. At first celebrated, the family is thrown into crisis following a backlash against them led by the Catholic Church, scientists and other powerful forces. [Source: Screen]
Katheryn Winnick has joined the cast of »
- Garth Franklin
Over the weekend, director Antoine Fuqua scored himself a second box office hit in a row, as The Equalizer grossed $35m in the Us alone. That's not bad at all for an R-rated movie, and Fuqua's previous film, Olympus Has Fallen, also proved a sizeable hit. So much so in fact that the sequel, London Has Fallen, is edging closer to shooting.
Fuqua's not directing it however - his next project is The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington, that starts shooting next week. Fuqua is said to have not been keen on the direction London Has Fallen was taking, hence going with other projects. The man who was taking his place, Fredrik Bond, then also left the project last week.
Fredrik Bond exited the project over creative differences earlier this month.
Najafi is said to be in discussions to direct the Millennium Films sequel action drama, Deadline reports.
London Has Fallen is slated for an October 2, 2015 release in the Us with a UK release yet to be announced.
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 »
Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen has a director. Scandinavian helmer Babak Najafi, who directed the Snabba cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill is in talks to replace Fredrik Bond on the Millennium action movie. Bond left over a week ago with the movie weeks away from shooting. Millennium and star Gerard Butler immediately scrambled but last week, things were not looking good. Butler was not liking the directing prospects, and some sources say he was even mulling the idea of leaving the project. Najafi, Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) were names that
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Looks like Gerard Butler won’t be alone for London Has Fallen, the Millennium Films sequel to the action hit Olympus Has Fallen. Babak Najafi, best known for helming Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (better known as the sequel to Snabba Cash) is now in discussions to helm the action film that is being transplanted to the Blighty.
This has been a hot open assignment since Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond bristled at the scale of the movie and exited. He got the job after the helmer of the original, Antoine Fuqua, didn’t like the sequel direction and decided not to take part.
Several up and comers went after the job, and were rumored to be getting on a plane and heading to meet Butler. One was Wayne Blair, helmer of The Sapphires. Now, I’m told that the job will belong to Najafi if his reps »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Summer may be over, but Gerard Butler is still bringing plenty of heat to the California coast. The 300 and How to Train Your Dragon star stepped out in Malibu, Calif., Thursday afternoon for a relaxing beach day with a gal pal. Wearing blue, striped swim trucks, Butler showed off his impressive abs while carrying a paddleboard out to sea. Once his brunette ladylove joined him in the water, the twosome hopped on the same board where Pda quickly ensued. Butler was spotted grabbing his friend's butt as they shared a kiss on the lips. They would later hop on separate boards and paddle right next to each other. Not bad for a fall date, right? In a recent interview with »
• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off »
- C. Molly Smith
The plot follows Jake (Gerard Butler), a satellite engineer who learns that all of the world's weather satellites are malfunctioning. He is sent into space to fix the satellites and stop a man-made storm from destroying the Earth, while his estranged brother (Jim Sturgess) discovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States (Andy Garcia).
Katheryn Winnick is playing Jake's ex-wife Olivia and mother to their daughter, Hannah. Ed Harris is also starring as the Secretary of State, while Abbie Cornish plays a Secret Service agent who is also dating Jake's brother.
Dean Devlin (Independence Day) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in New Orleans.
Katheryn Winnick is best known for »
Gerard Butler packed on the Pda with a new lady friend during a day at the beach in Malibu, CA, on Thursday. The hunky Scottish actor went shirtless to do some stand-up paddleboarding, and he and his bikini-clad brunette girlfriend couldn't help getting frisky while wading in the water. Gerard is obviously still comfortable in the ocean, despite dropping out of the Point Break remake earlier this year. He was reportedly in talks to portray Bodhi - who was originally played by Patrick Swayze in the '90s action flick - but ran into scheduling conflicts, as he is slated to begin filming London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, in the Fall. For now, though, keep reading to see Gerard and his lady getting hot and heavy in the ocean, then check out even more steamy celebrity beach Pda. »
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