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We don't want to create a panic or anything, don't freak out, but...the "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel "London Has Fallen" has lost its director. Even worse? The movie is supposed to start shooting in six weeks. Oh no! What will Millennium do!? Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") was originally slated to helm the movie, but ye olde "creative differences" have forced him out. (Guys, this isn't an arthouse film. It's Gerard Butler yelling and shooting for two hours, this time in the U.K.) Anyway, Millenium is working fast to get a new director in place by the time Monday rolls around, and it shouldn't be too hard. A robot could direct this thing, and even with a time crunch to start lensing, we're pretty sure whoever comes aboard can get into the flow of things pretty quickly. "London Has Fallen" will open on October 2, 2015. Meanwhile, "The Girl Next Door »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
London Has Fallen has lost its director. With shooting just six weeks away, Fredrik Bond and Millennium have parted ways over the sequel to 2013’s surprise action hit Olympus Has Fallen. A spokesperson for the company confirmed Bond’s exit, which is due to creative differences. Those differences may be a result of the movie’s accelerated schedule and Bond only coming aboard in August. One insider said prep time was a factor. Bond, a commercials director, was making the leap from the dramatic indie world — he directed the well-regarded Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman — to the big-budget action world.
- Borys Kit
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
Running Time: 128 Minutes.
Synopsis: McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
There are a few things that stick in ones mind as we look back at the great 1980s TV series that was The Equalizer. A juddering, memorable theme tune, sweeping vistas of the New York skyline, scenes of reprobates lurking on the subway/ random lifts, and a silhouetted Edward Woodward stood, »
- Paul Heath
Morgan Freeman is portraying Ildarin, the man who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer. The studios are reportedly close to finding the two main characters, Judah Ben-Hur and his former friend turned bitter rival Messalla. We reported last month that Tom Hiddleston was being courted to play Ben-Hur, but it remains unclear whether or not he will accept the role. It isn't known what other actors are in contention for these two main characters.
The reboot is said to stick closer to the original 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 movie Ben-Hur did. The focus is still on the feud between Ben-Hur and the treacherous Messalla, who betrays his longtime friend and frames him for an accident, causing Ben-Hur to be sold into slavery. »
Sequelizer: Fuqua Resurrects Vintage TV Series to Maudlin Effect
Upon the project’s official announcement, it may not have seemed a necessarily surprising or even awful idea to resurrect the mid-80s television series The Equalizer to be retrofitted as an action vehicle for Denzel Washington. In fact, in a day of dodgy remakes, reinterpretations, and constant regurgitations, it seemed an inspired bit of casting. After initial names backed out and it landed in the hands of Antoine Fuqua, who would then be reunited with his Training Day star, anticipation kicked into high gear in what seemed a perfect remedy to wash away the cornball melodrama of Olympus Has Fallen in Fuqua’s otherwise gritty and often hard-hitting filmography. Unfortunately, though sporting some considerably violent sequences, it is pure studio fodder, suffering from some miscasting, a bloated running time, and a flat lined screenplay. That said, Washington is a winning presence, »
- Nicholas Bell
Now this is exciting. Arriving in cinemas on Friday 26th September in the UK is the reunion of director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington in the big screen take on The Equalizer. Here's the posh official synopsis...
"In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. »
Under the pact, the Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as providing the firm with business affairs and back-office support.
Fuqua, whose latest thriller The Equalizer received its world premiere in Toronto last night, said of Im Global: “They are producing the most exciting projects in the business right now and their enthusiasm and great taste make them the ideal collaborators for us.”
Im Global CEO Stuard Ford said: “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Earlier in the year news broke that a remake of legendary western The Magnificent Seven was in the works with Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) taking the hot seat and Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman just a few names being linked with a role. Since then not much else has been revealed about the planned remake. However while promoting his latest flick The Equalizer at Tiff, Fuqua announced that one actor has already signed on, Denzel Washington.
This will mark the third time time Fuqua has directed Washington since they first worked together 13 years ago on Training Day. Fuqua praised Washington on his professionalism and why he enjoys working with him:
“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on »
- Gavin Logan
“The Equalizer” director Antoine Fuqua and his production company Fuqua Films has signed a production partnership with Im Global, it was announced Tuesday by Im Global CEO Stuart Ford and Fuqua. Under the pact, the indie financier will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as provide the shingle with business affairs and back-office support. Also read: Antoine Fuqua to Direct ‘Narco Sub’ — But What Should Follow Jake Gyllenhaal's ‘Southpaw'? Fuqua's “The Equalizer” had its world premiere Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fuqua previously directed “Training Day” and “Olympus Has Fallen. »
- Jeff Sneider
Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.
- Dave McNary
A week or so after a new director joined the planned remake of The Seven Samurai comes solid news about the new take on The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of sorts of The Seven Samurai in the first place, which means we're going to have a remake of the original and a remake of the remake doing battle.
Er, you still following this?
Anyway, it had been revealed a while back that The Equalizer and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua was set to direct the new The Magnificent Seven. And now comes the confirmation that he's got one seventh of his key cast in place. Denzel Washington will unite with Fuqua once again (they also made Training Day together) for the film.
Jason Blumenthal is producing the film, »
The basic premise of the '80s TV series "The Equalizer" was just generic enough to survive on CBS in that decade of bland, and in making the jump to the big-screen, it appears to have survived with all of that bland firmly intact. While I personally didn't care for much of anything about the film, I don't think it's ineptly made or awful so much as just forgettable. It's a teflon film. It slid right off my brain pan just as soon as it made it in through the rods and cones, and even trying to summon up specific scenes or gags a few days later, I can already feel it slipping away. Part of the problem is just plain familiarity with the tropes of the film. Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, essentially. This isn't a character the same way Creasy in "Man On Fire" was a character. It's »
- Drew McWeeny
Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for. Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, “The Equalizer” still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.
Although he shares a character name and skill set with his TV predecessor, Washington’s Robert McCall is otherwise, literally and figuratively, an Equalizer of a different »
- Scott Foundas
Tonight in Toronto, Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will launch a new franchise, The Equalizer, a drama loosely based on the TV series. Thankfully for fans of Washington’s action work, the film is a closer spiritual cousin to Man On Fire, with Washington playing a righteous character who is merciless on the bad guys. Here, Fuqua, who is also mounting a Magnificent Seven remake with Washington for MGM, discusses the star’s everyman appeal and what makes him capable of so many indelible performances.
Deadline: Watching The Equalizer made me feel like I’d gotten the Man On Fire sequel I never thought possible when John Creasy died after killing every kidnapper in Mexico. The spirit of the movie courses through The Equalizer. What is it about Denzel Washington killing bad guys that makes it feel like Christmas morning?
Fuqua: [Laughs]. I just think it’s »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Big Game, 2014.
Directed by Jalmari Helander.
Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman.
Upon the arrival of his 13th birthday, a Finnish boy embarks on coming-of-age ceremony where he hunts alone on a mountain and is expected to bring back his killed prize which will mark his passage into manhood. While this is taking place the President of the United States is aboard Air Force One heading for a conference being held in Finland. The stories become entwined when a terrorist shoots down the presidential aircraft and the world’s most powerful man has to rely on a youth who is armed with a bow and arrows for his survival. »
- Trevor Hogg
As if Denzel Washington kicking ass for director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day) wasn't reason enough to get you excited for The Equalizer, a new featurette has just dropped that details exactly why Washington's Robert McCall is a force to be reckoned with regardless of what location he's in. Check out this featurette via The Hollywood News: Denzel always has a commanding presence in front of the camera, so I'm looking forward to seeing the results of this »
- Sean Wist
"When someone does something unspeakable, you do something about it, because you can." Fall is upon us, which means it's almost time for Denzel Washington to start kicking ass in The Equalizer. And to make another push to get audiences interested in the film coming later this month, one more trailer and poster have arrived. Much like the previous TV spots and trailer, this one also showcases the hip-hop track "Guts Over Fear" by Eminem, featuring Sia, and it really does make Washington seem pretty damn intimidating. There's some new footage here, and this looks like it could be one of the actor's better thrillers. Watch it! Here's the new trailer and poster for Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer (via Eminem & Columbia Pictures): The Equalizer is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) and written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 3, The Mechanic). Denzel Washington plays McCall, »
- Ethan Anderton
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