Focus Features has acquired US distribution rights to “London Has Fallen,” the sequel of the 2013 box office hit “Olympus Has Fallen.” The announcement came May 1st via a press release distributed by the studio.
Star Gerard Butler will reprise the role of Secret Service Agent Mike Banning for the sequel written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt and Christian Gudegast. The film is being produced by Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, and Matt O'Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Christine Crow, and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel will executive produce.
“Olympus Has Fallen” was released on March 22, 2013 by FilmDistrict, the U.S. distributor led by Peter Schlessel prior to him being named CEO of Focus Features. That film earned over $98.9 million at the domestic box office.
In the studio press release Schlessel stated, “‘Olympus Has Fallen’ took audiences by storm, and we're excited to raise the stakes with ‘London Has Fallen’ as Gerard Butler returns in the lead. Moviegoers can expect another action-packed thrill ride.”
In “Olympus Has Fallen,” rogue Korean agents successfully invade the White House and hold the President hostage, leaving it to disgraced Secret Service Agent Mike Banning to find a way to infiltrate enemy lines, free the President and save the day. The movie was widely described by critics worldwide as “‘Die Hard’ in the White House.” According to the official plot synopsis, “London Has Fallen” takes Banning on the road:
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit "Olympus Has Fallen" 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. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders 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 (Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
Focus Features plans to release the film nation
wide on October 2, 2015.