Focus Features today announced the U.S. distribution rights acquisition for “London Has Fallen”, the sequel to last year’s action hit “Olympus Has Fallen.” The sequel will see Gerard Butler reprising the role of Mike Banning, the former Secret Service agent forced to take action in an under-siege White House. Antoine Fuqua directed the film, which grossed nearly $100 million at the U.S. box office.
The acquisition comes as somewhat of a departure for Focus Features. The studio recently released the Sundance hit “Bad Words” and the Oscar-winning “Dallas Buyers Club.” This summer it will release another 2014 Sundance selection, “The Signal.” Historically, the studio has not released big action blockbusters.
“‘Olympus Has Fallen’ took audiences by storm, and we’re excited to raise the stakes with ‘London Has Fallen’…”, commented Focus CEO Peter Schlessel. The sequel will find Banning traveling to London as part of the President of the United States’ security detail. While at the UK prime minister’s funeral, a plot to kill the global leaders gathered there is discovered. Of course, it will be up to Banning to save the day.
“London Has Fallen” was written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt and Christian Gudegast. Currently the film has no director attached, but Focus has announced a release date of October 2, 2015.