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Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart leave the White House for the sequel London Has Fallen

Oct. 29, 2013by:

Who would have thought that Gerard Butler would have beaten Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office? In the showdown of Presidential movies, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN fared a lot better than WHITE HOUSE DOWN. In fact, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN performed well enough to warrant a sequel. Screen Daily is reporting that not only will Butler return for the sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN, but so will Aaron Eckhart, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman.

LONDON HAS FALLEN will begin production in May 2014 and will be produced by Millennium Films and Focus Features. There is even a plot synopsis:

A plot to strike the city during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was a fun action movie that felt like a big screen version of 24 (director Antoine Fuqua was once attached to the movie version of Kiefer Sutherland's recently revived series) but received middling reviews from critics. The $70 million budgeted film went on to gross $160 million worldwide. While those are not huge numbers, they do represent the best film box office for FilmDistrict, who released OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN.

No word on whether Antoine Fuqua is returning for LONDON HAS FALLEN, but I would expect if he is not that a new director will be announced soon. With everyone else returning, it would be nice to see some consistency behind the camera as well. Maybe this can become a new franchise where Gerard Butler goes around the world destroying famous cities. What is next, TOKYO HAS FALLEN? PARIS HAS FALLEN? The possibilities are endless!

Extra Tidbit: In comparison, WHITE HOUSE DOWN has grossed just over $200 million worldwide, but on a budget of $150 million.
Source: Screen Daily

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4:28PM on 10/29/2013
If there is not a scene where a bridge blows up and someone says 'London Bridge is falling down', I will be disappointed.
If there is not a scene where a bridge blows up and someone says 'London Bridge is falling down', I will be disappointed.
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7:11PM on 10/29/2013
And Big Ben is blown up, as well, of course...
And Big Ben is blown up, as well, of course...
4:34PM on 10/29/2013
Olympus Has Fallen was way better than White House Down in my opinion, the underdog takes the win.
Olympus Has Fallen was way better than White House Down in my opinion, the underdog takes the win.
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4:45PM on 10/29/2013
I want a sequel to The Last Boyscout, Lock Stock And 2 Smoking Barrels, Unbreakable, Jumper, Ghostbusters, Austin Powers, Jeepers Creepers, any many others.
OHF does not deserve a sequel .
I want a sequel to The Last Boyscout, Lock Stock And 2 Smoking Barrels, Unbreakable, Jumper, Ghostbusters, Austin Powers, Jeepers Creepers, any many others.
OHF does not deserve a sequel .
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5:39PM on 10/29/2013
Raz, I find "Jumper" entertainment.

And I know about the sequels. I wouldn't mind others.
Raz, I find "Jumper" entertainment.

And I know about the sequels. I wouldn't mind others.
5:00PM on 10/29/2013
....half of those movies have sequels
....half of those movies have sequels
4:58PM on 10/29/2013
Jumper?! That movie sucked.
Jumper?! That movie sucked.
5:01PM on 10/29/2013
If they catch lightning in a bottle and go with the same feel, why not?
If they catch lightning in a bottle and go with the same feel, why not?
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5:09PM on 10/29/2013

no

I actually liked the first one but this just sounds terrible
I actually liked the first one but this just sounds terrible
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5:24PM on 10/29/2013

I laughed at the plot synopsis

"Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day."
"Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day."
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5:27PM on 10/29/2013
Yeah, I found it funny as well.
Yeah, I found it funny as well.
5:25PM on 10/29/2013

I'm American, but . , .

Even I can sort of laugh at another movie plot where the only hope of saving the day is America. Seriously, according to movies, what would the world do without the U.S. of A?

"Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day."

Well, at least they got an English MI6 Agent. That makes it better.
Even I can sort of laugh at another movie plot where the only hope of saving the day is America. Seriously, according to movies, what would the world do without the U.S. of A?

"Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day."

Well, at least they got an English MI6 Agent. That makes it better.
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1:13AM on 10/30/2013
I agree with both replies. The "that makes it better line" was sarcastic and facetious. Or, to use the British vernacular, "cheeky." Sorry if it comes off as offensive me using the term. Don't worry: there will be plenty of misused, cliche words spoken by the British characters in this movie.
I agree with both replies. The "that makes it better line" was sarcastic and facetious. Or, to use the British vernacular, "cheeky." Sorry if it comes off as offensive me using the term. Don't worry: there will be plenty of misused, cliche words spoken by the British characters in this movie.
7:20PM on 10/29/2013
The English MI6 agent is likely to be a hot female counterpart of the main character, simply because hot chicks with guns and British accent put butts into seats. I'd be pleasantly surprised if I am proven wrong.
The English MI6 agent is likely to be a hot female counterpart of the main character, simply because hot chicks with guns and British accent put butts into seats. I'd be pleasantly surprised if I am proven wrong.
7:09PM on 10/29/2013
The MI6 agent will die within the first hour, or be revealed as a traitor...
The MI6 agent will die within the first hour, or be revealed as a traitor...
6:08PM on 10/29/2013
Wager a fiver that Jason Statham shows up as the MI6 agent.

Or just save some time and get Gerard Butler to play it as his Scottish twin. I never thought it would get a sequel in the first place, but doing that would put my arse in a seat for the sheer ridiculousness of it.
Wager a fiver that Jason Statham shows up as the MI6 agent.

Or just save some time and get Gerard Butler to play it as his Scottish twin. I never thought it would get a sequel in the first place, but doing that would put my arse in a seat for the sheer ridiculousness of it.
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6:17PM on 10/29/2013
Olympus Has Fallen was a total surprise that delivered on its premise of an old school, super violent action movie. As long as the sequel is a hard R and has as much knife violence and head shots as Part I, I'll be there!
Olympus Has Fallen was a total surprise that delivered on its premise of an old school, super violent action movie. As long as the sequel is a hard R and has as much knife violence and head shots as Part I, I'll be there!
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6:24PM on 10/29/2013
I laughed at the plot synopsis too. But since US intelligence now appears to be the best informed in Europe, maybe it's not such a stretch!
I laughed at the plot synopsis too. But since US intelligence now appears to be the best informed in Europe, maybe it's not such a stretch!
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7:38PM on 10/29/2013
Ha!
Ha!
7:07PM on 10/29/2013
Yep, they learned about the attack while illegally listening the Europeans leaders...
Thanks so much for spying us... You saved the world again...
Yep, they learned about the attack while illegally listening the Europeans leaders...
Thanks so much for spying us... You saved the world again...
6:32PM on 10/29/2013
Atlantis Has Risen.....Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman battle terrorist mermaids!
Atlantis Has Risen.....Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman battle terrorist mermaids!
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7:04PM on 10/29/2013
I'm in... Shoot that Ariel bitch, Gerard !!
I'm in... Shoot that Ariel bitch, Gerard !!
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6:39PM on 10/29/2013

Gerard's there, I'm there

Freeman and Eckhart - what's not to love? I loved the first I'll love the second.

Freeman and Eckhart - what's not to love? I loved the first I'll love the second.

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7:20PM on 10/29/2013
I still haven't seen Olympus, but apparently it'll be on Netflix in the next couple weeks.

Since Butler is playing the Secret Service hero, I think its only fair an American play the MI-6 role. I hear Brits really ****ing hated Don Cheadle's cockney accent in the Ocean's movies so he gets my vote.
I still haven't seen Olympus, but apparently it'll be on Netflix in the next couple weeks.

Since Butler is playing the Secret Service hero, I think its only fair an American play the MI-6 role. I hear Brits really ****ing hated Don Cheadle's cockney accent in the Ocean's movies so he gets my vote.
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1:52AM on 10/30/2013
If you google "Netflix Streaming X month 2013' you can usually find a reliable source for at least some of what'll be new on Streaming in the coming weeks.

There's supposedly more direct ways, but all those people apparently have better TV machines than I.
If you google "Netflix Streaming X month 2013' you can usually find a reliable source for at least some of what'll be new on Streaming in the coming weeks.

There's supposedly more direct ways, but all those people apparently have better TV machines than I.
8:17PM on 10/29/2013
How do you know what will be on streaming when? I'm not questioning you, I want your sources!
How do you know what will be on streaming when? I'm not questioning you, I want your sources!
7:24PM on 10/29/2013
I'll be honest us brits are not very patriotic at all so this may fall very flat...but I'm all for more fun action.
I'll be honest us brits are not very patriotic at all so this may fall very flat...but I'm all for more fun action.
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7:29PM on 10/29/2013
Some-one phone The Stath now!!
Some-one phone The Stath now!!
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7:35PM on 10/29/2013
Looks like Gerard Butler has found his very own action franchise with Olympus Has Fallen. Good for him. I've always liked the guy and always hoped he would get his own 'Die Hard' like franchise.

And I want to see Aaron Eckhart this time kicking ass as the President. Would love to see him with a gun this time around and actually killing some people.
Looks like Gerard Butler has found his very own action franchise with Olympus Has Fallen. Good for him. I've always liked the guy and always hoped he would get his own 'Die Hard' like franchise.

And I want to see Aaron Eckhart this time kicking ass as the President. Would love to see him with a gun this time around and actually killing some people.
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8:22PM on 10/29/2013
Yes! Its probably the most stupid movie news of the year lol but yes!!! I want that sequel!!!
Yes! Its probably the most stupid movie news of the year lol but yes!!! I want that sequel!!!
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8:23PM on 10/29/2013
I wonder if Fuqua will re-team with Clive Owen from their work together on King Arthur. Owen was once rumored for Bond, so it would be interesting to see him take the role of an MI6 agent. I think Owen is hit or miss as an actor, and it's been a long time since he's had a hit.
I wonder if Fuqua will re-team with Clive Owen from their work together on King Arthur. Owen was once rumored for Bond, so it would be interesting to see him take the role of an MI6 agent. I think Owen is hit or miss as an actor, and it's been a long time since he's had a hit.
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9:11PM on 10/29/2013
Edgar Wright tweeted they should have named the sequel "London Bridge Has Fallen Down, Fallen Down, Fallen Down".
Edgar Wright tweeted they should have named the sequel "London Bridge Has Fallen Down, Fallen Down, Fallen Down".
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9:33PM on 10/29/2013
I'm all for this. Olympus was what that Live Free or Shit Hard should have been. Bring on another.
I'm all for this. Olympus was what that Live Free or Shit Hard should have been. Bring on another.
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7:30AM on 10/30/2013
No.
No.
10:05PM on 10/29/2013
don't you mean A Good Day to Shit Hard?
don't you mean A Good Day to Shit Hard?
9:38PM on 10/29/2013
I completely didn't expect that this would get a sequel, and in this form. Olympus Has Fallen was okay. It felt very much like an old-school 90s action thriller, for better and for worse, so I hope this sequel has better production values. Totally agree with beezig that the MI6 agent should be played by Jason Statham.
I completely didn't expect that this would get a sequel, and in this form. Olympus Has Fallen was okay. It felt very much like an old-school 90s action thriller, for better and for worse, so I hope this sequel has better production values. Totally agree with beezig that the MI6 agent should be played by Jason Statham.
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10:08PM on 10/29/2013

MI6 Agent!?

Jason Statham. Clive Owen. but it'll probably be Henry Cavill doe. or Michael B Jordan. or Saoirse Ronan.
Jason Statham. Clive Owen. but it'll probably be Henry Cavill doe. or Michael B Jordan. or Saoirse Ronan.
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10:09PM on 10/29/2013

and for Part 3...

M. A. R. S. Mars bitches. red rocks. yea yea!
M. A. R. S. Mars bitches. red rocks. yea yea!
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7:08AM on 10/31/2013
'Olympus Mons Has Fallen'?
'Olympus Mons Has Fallen'?
11:47PM on 10/29/2013

Didn't see the first flick

but WTH: I want Mark Strong as the MI6 agent.
but WTH: I want Mark Strong as the MI6 agent.
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1:07AM on 10/30/2013
Yes! I'm on board with Mark Strong.
Yes! I'm on board with Mark Strong.
1:15AM on 10/30/2013

Remember, Remember . . .



. . . the fifth of November.


. . . the fifth of November.
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10:02PM on 10/30/2013
Feels like an updated Die Hard franchise, without the Live Free or Die Hard bull...
Feels like an updated Die Hard franchise, without the Live Free or Die Hard bull...
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1:07AM on 10/31/2013

Hoping this will be a DTV or better yet, a sick joke.

If Antoine Fuqua feels like making a sequel it should be for The Replacement Killers (Chow Yun-Fat deserves a 2nd chance and Fuqua knows it!) otherwise he should let this one slide and not get carried away from kicking Roland Emmerich's ass at the Box Office.
If Antoine Fuqua feels like making a sequel it should be for The Replacement Killers (Chow Yun-Fat deserves a 2nd chance and Fuqua knows it!) otherwise he should let this one slide and not get carried away from kicking Roland Emmerich's ass at the Box Office.
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1:13PM on 11/11/2013

Why not just call it....

London Bridge Has Fallen Down?
London Bridge Has Fallen Down?
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