Gramercy Pictures have announced the postponement of the release of their upcoming sequel; London has Fallen, which will now be hitting cinemas on January 22, 2016, as opposed to the initial release date of October 2, 2015.
No official reason has been given yet, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it probably has something to do with the recent announcement by 20th Century Fox that the highly anticipated Ridley Scott film, The Martian, has been moved up to be released on October 2.
The reason for 20th Century Fox’s decision also probably has to do with the fact that the final installment in the Hunger Games Franchise; Mockingjay- Part 2 and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur both shared the same November 25 release date with The Martian. It seemed they were not willing to risk pitching their film against an established franchise and a film that’s likely to be a children’s favourite.
Directed by Babak Najafi from a script by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, and Chad St. John, London Has Fallen is a sequel to director Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, which earned $161 million worldwide during its theatrical release in 2013. The sequel stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Charlotte Riley, Sean O’Bryan, Alon Aboutboul and Waleed Zuaiter.
London Has Fallen begins after the British Prime Minister passes away. His funeral then becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Riley) who rightly trusts no one.