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Gerard Butler will save the White House in Olympus Has Fallen

Mar. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Gerard Butler has signed up to star in OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. The much buzzed about spec script was snatched up by Millennium Films recently. No known director has been attached to the project.

The plot is vaguely described as a down-on-his-luck former Service Agent who is the only hope when the White House is invaded and taken over by terrorists.

Looking back over Butler's filmography, he has not had a bonafide hit since 300 (unless you count HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, which I don't). This could be the exact vehicle he needs to reclaim the spotlight.

This does sound vaguely like a subplot from the seventh season of 24, but the plot detail for this film is so general it could go in any direction.

Extra Tidbit: Check out the tidbit at the bottom of this article for the plot of my movie idea EXECUTIVE SUSPECT. I should have written a spec script when I had the chance!
Source: Variety

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9:37PM on 03/20/2012

Executive Suspect...

...Needs to be made right now. I'm toying with writing a spec script should I be given the permission (and somehow acquire the know-how). I did come up with a tagline for ya:

Yesterday he was the most powerful man in the world.
Today, he's the most wanted.
...Needs to be made right now. I'm toying with writing a spec script should I be given the permission (and somehow acquire the know-how). I did come up with a tagline for ya:

Yesterday he was the most powerful man in the world.
Today, he's the most wanted.
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9:00AM on 03/20/2012
I'm probably in the minority but I thought Law Abiding Citizen was a decent hit.

As for this one, it DOES sound like an episode of 24.
Maybe they'll up the ante and make the President a woman (Gabrielle Union) who had an affair with him which is one of the many reasons he's down on his luck.

Think about it, is he saving the President or his secret-crush/ex-gal? Will he balance his emotions between personal and professional without screwing up?

*cue 24's signature beep*
I'm probably in the minority but I thought Law Abiding Citizen was a decent hit.

As for this one, it DOES sound like an episode of 24.
Maybe they'll up the ante and make the President a woman (Gabrielle Union) who had an affair with him which is one of the many reasons he's down on his luck.

Think about it, is he saving the President or his secret-crush/ex-gal? Will he balance his emotions between personal and professional without screwing up?

*cue 24's signature beep*
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2:34PM on 03/20/2012
I was down totally with law and Abiding citizen till the end. I thought it was a total bullshit and cop-out ending. If Butler's character was the type of person they portrayed him to be, no way in hell he gets caught with his pants down at the end like he does. It was a shameful ending to a great movie.
I was down totally with law and Abiding citizen till the end. I thought it was a total bullshit and cop-out ending. If Butler's character was the type of person they portrayed him to be, no way in hell he gets caught with his pants down at the end like he does. It was a shameful ending to a great movie.
4:13AM on 03/20/2012
I wish the White House would be invaded and taken over by Americans tired of this shit.
I wish the White House would be invaded and taken over by Americans tired of this shit.
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10:25PM on 03/19/2012
While the plot isn't all that original, this is exactly the kind of film he needs. A big action blockbuster would bring him back to the kind of role he does best.
While the plot isn't all that original, this is exactly the kind of film he needs. A big action blockbuster would bring him back to the kind of role he does best.
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10:24PM on 03/19/2012
Sounds good to me I love these types of movies.
Sounds good to me I love these types of movies.
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8:40PM on 03/19/2012
Hahaha, I loved RocknRolla.
Hahaha, I loved RocknRolla.
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6:53PM on 03/19/2012
Not exactly accurate about Butler. I mean "The Ugly Truth" (while being terrible) still made over $200 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. That sounds like a bonafide hit to me. Law Abiding Citizen also doubled its budget while The Bounty Hunter (again, terrible but still) tripled its budget. Anyways, this sounds like it could work, though I reserve judgment until I hear about a director.
Not exactly accurate about Butler. I mean "The Ugly Truth" (while being terrible) still made over $200 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. That sounds like a bonafide hit to me. Law Abiding Citizen also doubled its budget while The Bounty Hunter (again, terrible but still) tripled its budget. Anyways, this sounds like it could work, though I reserve judgment until I hear about a director.
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5:12PM on 03/19/2012
Die Hard in the White House...or...Air Force One on the ground.

But hey, if Gerard Butler is bringing the badass and they get a director who can deliver a legit actioner, I'm game.
Die Hard in the White House...or...Air Force One on the ground.

But hey, if Gerard Butler is bringing the badass and they get a director who can deliver a legit actioner, I'm game.
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4:39PM on 03/19/2012

PLEASE

Somehow, some way, make that picture up there the official poster for the film.
Somehow, some way, make that picture up there the official poster for the film.
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