From the sequence of Jamie Foxx’s impossibly idealized Barack Obama surrogate firing a bazooka launcher on the White House lawn, to villains seemingly smuggled in wholesale from a 1987 Chuck Norris Cannon cheapie, to foolishness involving the protagonist’s pipsqueak daughter knowing all sorts of obscure presidential trivia that totally ends up paying off in the third act, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down was all kinds of stupid, stupid fun. But there was another movie with almost the exact same premise as White House Down that came out last year that just about everyone seemed to agree not only wasn’t as much fun as White House Dawn, but wasn’t much fun at all: Olympus Has Fallen. Even its title is less fun.
Alas, despite its reputation for being no fun whatsoever, and being definitely way suckier than White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen apparently turned a handsome profit, because now the lamer of the two shit-is-going-down-at-the-White-House movies is getting a sequel in the form of London Has Fallen, which just began filming.
Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, with Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Melissa Leo also returning as the president, vice president, Secret Service director, and defense secretary, respectively. Robert Forster and Radha Mitchell also reappear, and they will all be joined by newcomer Jackie Earle Haley.
Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond was set to take over for Olympus Has Fallen helmer Antoine Fuqua on London, but he parted ways with the project shortly before filming was to commence. Bond was subsequently replaced by Babak Najafi, director of Easy Money: Hard To Kill which, despite its title, has no connection to the hit Rodney Dangerfield vehicle.
The film’s intrigue begins when the British Prime Minister mysteriously passes and a funeral that the press release describes as a “must-attend event for leaders of the Western world” devolves into a “deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every landmark in the British capital and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.”
Also according to the press release, “only three people have any hope of stopping” the aforementioned Western-leader-killing, landmark-devastating, terrifying-future-unleashing: The president, his formidable Secret Service head, and “an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one,” who we are just going to assume is the hilarious Rowan Atkinson reprising his beloved Johnny English super-spy character.
Produced by Focus Features, London Has Fallen is scheduled to hit theaters on October 2, and will undoubtedly be followed by A Well-Known City In An Asian Country With Lots Of Tax Incentives For Film Production Has Fallen and Some Other Place In The World Has Fallen If We Can Get Gerard Butler Involved, Seriously, He’s Still A Major Draw Internationally, unless we all stop watching these movies.