Gerard Butler’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Acquired by Focus Features

The original movie grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office

Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “London Has Fallen,” the sequel to the hit 2013 action movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office.

Star Gerard Butler will return for the sequel, which Focus plans to release nationwide on October 2, 2015.

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The “Olympus” sequel 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.

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt co-wrote the script with Christian Gudegast, and the film is being produced by 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.

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“Olympus Has Fallen” was released in March 2013 by FilmDistrict, the U.S. distributor led by Schlessel before he was named CEO of Focus. The film earned over $98.9 million at the domestic box office.

“‘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,” said Schlessel.