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Antoine Fuqua Circles Gerard Butler Actioner ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

Written by on April 10, 2012 

If this and Hunter Killer both go through, Antoine Fuqua and Gerard Butler sort of have to be on the best of terms — if only for their own sakes. Anyway, THR says the director has started to circle Olympus Has Fallen, a White House-set action film that, when bought back in mid-March, already had Butler set to produce and star.

Landing your director less than a month after a star is no strange business, but things are, nonetheless, moving rather expediently behind the scenes — all thanks to another project. In this instance, the James Vanderbilt-penned, possibly Roland Emmerich-directed White House Down — which, like Olympus, is summarized as “Die Hard in the White House” — has Millennium Pictures trying to get their own film before cameras in June.

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt made their screenwriting debut on Olympus, a movie that revolves around a “down-on-his-luck ex-Secret Service agent who becomes America’s only hope on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is taken over by terrorists.” Perhaps a little more action-oriented than much of Fuqua‘s oeuvre — save for Tears of the Sun and, maybe, Shooter — though I simply require someone who can frame action in an acceptable manner; if he can do that, Olympus should have something going for it. I, however, don’t know just what that is right now.

Is Fuqua a smart choice for Olympus Has Fallen? Are you more interested in this or White House Down?

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