September 19, 2014

Who Should Direct London Has Fallen?

As you probably all know by now director Fredrik Bond has left the upcoming sequel to Olympus has Fallen due to “creative differences”. London Has Fallen is due to start filming in 6 weeks but it’s now without a director; so who should take over?

Well, before we go into that, in case you hadn’t heard, the plot is as follows: After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances; all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral.

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.


The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and an English MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it.


Antoine Fuqua

Personally, I think Fuqua did a fantastic job with Olympus and whatever he wold ask for money-wise, I say pay it and have him do the follow up. He’s a director who has long since proven he knows how to make an action movie but he’s also is good at creating memorable characters. Olympus felt like a Die Hard movie and was better than the past 2 sequels of said franchise. It looks like Fuqua is more interested in The Equalizer and a sequel to that is probably more likely so I think he is off the list, but I just wanted to say that he is my number 1 choice.


John McTiernan

The director of Die Hard and Predator needs a new franchise to sink his teeth into and as a man who practically re-invented the genre during the late 80’s, he could show modern audiences how a REAL action director makes a movie. It’s not like a movie like this would be that much of a challenge for him either as it essentially is a Die Hard flick.


Justin Lin

Now that his Bourne movie has been stalled, the Fast & Furious director will be looking for another big budget action series to get behind so he could be a good choice for directing London Has Fallen. He knows how to do action on a big scale so if he was announced, I certainly wouldn’t complain.


Gareth Evans

This is fantasy world stuff, but the director of The Raid films is taking time off from that franchise for a few years so how about he tries is hand at a Hollywood blockbuster? Just make sure he keeps the violence turned up to 11 and we could have a film that’s incredibly intense and action-packed.


There’s nothing to say it has to be a well-known director; Hell, I had no idea who Fredrik Bond was so what about giving some Indie directors a shot at the big time?

Isaac Florentine (Ninja Series, Undisputed 2& 3), Jesse Johnson (The Package), William Kaufman (Sinners and Saints), Daniel Zirilli (Reflex), Ben Ramsey (Blood & Bone), Tony Giglio (Extraction), Roger Ellis (Dead Drop, Misfire), Ernie Barbarash (Falcon Rising, 6 Bullets), Christian Sesma (Lost Time, The Night Crew) or Alan Ungar (Gridlocked) could all do something interesting with it and I’d love to see them given a chance.

My “out-there” choice would personally be Jeong-beom Lee who made The Man from Nowhere and No Tears for the Dead. It could be an interesting English language debut and this is a director who has a fantastic visual style and knows how to shoot an action scene. The rooftop shoot-out in No Tears is one of the best sequences of the year so I would love to see a director like that given a shot.

They’ll probably go with another director nobody has heard of, which is a shame as I want this series to be handled by people who have experience with action. Apparently there will be an announcement within 72 hours so stay tuned…

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.

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