Focus Features is releasing the follow-up to “Olympus Has Fallen,” which grossed nearly $100 million in the U.S.
Gerard Butler is set to return as a U.S. Secret Service agent tasked with stopping a terrorist threat — this time overseas. Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as the U.S. president and Speaker of the House, respectively.
The trio attend the British prime minister’s funeral when a deadly plot to kill powerful world leaders reveals itself.
Christian Gudegast wrote the script with original scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.
Butler is producing with Alan Siegel, Mark Gill and Matt O’Toole, while Millennium’s Avi Lerner and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel will executive produce with Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Christine Crow. Production could begin as soon as October.
The first film grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office.
Bond’s feature directorial debut following a successful music video career was last year’s trippy romantic drama “Charlie Countryman,” which starred Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood. He was previously in the mix to direct another big-budget sequel, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” before the “Kon-Tiki” filmmakers won the job.
Bond is represented by CAA and Management 360.