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Gerard Butler's London Has Fallen pushes back release to March 2016

09.16.2015

I know what you're thinking, "Kevin, hasn't LONDON HAS FALLEN pushed back its release once already?" Well you'd be correct, LONDON HAS FALLEN was originally set for a October 2, 2015 release but was later pushed back to January 22, 2016 in order to make room for Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN. Now Deadline is reporting that the release of LONDON HAS FALLEN has been pushed back yet again, except this time the shift is due to studio confidence rather than getting out of the way of a larger film.

LONDON HAS FALLEN will now open on the slightly more prestigious date of March 4, 2016. The switch is due to several factors; first off, the film has received a strong reception during research screenings but it also needs more time to complete the VFX. Focus Features president of domestic distribution Jim Orr said "we’re convinced that we have the potential for a successful film with London Has Fallen and we want to give it all the time it needs in its production and put it in the strongest possible release window." OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was much more entertaining than I suspected and, while I don't think that a sequel is really necessary, I've got my fingers crossed that the Gerard Butler can surprise me once again.

LONDON HAS FALLEN synopsis:

The story begins 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. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, 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 (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

LONDON HAS FALLEN will now hit theaters on March 4, 2016.

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Source: Deadline

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5:43PM on 09/20/2015
First movie was awful and boring. Don't care about the sequel.
First movie was awful and boring. Don't care about the sequel.
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2:55PM on 09/17/2015

I really enjoyed the first one.....

The dialogue was mostly good and Butler was great in the role. But I don't see how this could possibly work. I'm hopeful, but not holding my breath.
The dialogue was mostly good and Butler was great in the role. But I don't see how this could possibly work. I'm hopeful, but not holding my breath.
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8:58AM on 09/17/2015
Good move and leaves a nice cushion before Batman v Superman is released.
Good move and leaves a nice cushion before Batman v Superman is released.
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12:42AM on 09/17/2015

Meh

The movie can work, what was exciting about the first one was that it was basically "Die Hard" done properly, they kept the action heavy on hand to hand and close combat type fighting sequences instead of shitty CGI explosions and such, plus the beginning where the wife dies was great, the problem with this movie is that it's doing the classic sequel mistake of trying to go bigger. Honestly, if they had scaled this down, and just make a "first target" type of story, Gereard butler has to
The movie can work, what was exciting about the first one was that it was basically "Die Hard" done properly, they kept the action heavy on hand to hand and close combat type fighting sequences instead of shitty CGI explosions and such, plus the beginning where the wife dies was great, the problem with this movie is that it's doing the classic sequel mistake of trying to go bigger. Honestly, if they had scaled this down, and just make a "first target" type of story, Gereard butler has to protect the presidents son in the woods from snipers and guerilla warfare experts, could have saved 50 mill, but anyways, new director, set in britain, plus the fact the excitement for this has gone really stale, I'll probably catch it when it comes out on Netflix.
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10:54PM on 09/16/2015
I don't understand how they're going to pull this off successfully without repeating the same formula (but I guess if it worked out for Die Hard, then why not this).
I don't understand how they're going to pull this off successfully without repeating the same formula (but I guess if it worked out for Die Hard, then why not this).
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10:42PM on 09/16/2015
I liked the first one. It was far better than the other 2013 secret service movie, the awful "White House Down", but I don't think it warrants a sequel. The push does boat my confidence in it since January movies are usually awful.
I liked the first one. It was far better than the other 2013 secret service movie, the awful "White House Down", but I don't think it warrants a sequel. The push does boat my confidence in it since January movies are usually awful.
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