London Has Fallen is down a director.
Fredrik Bond, a commercial director who also helmed the Shia LaBeouf pic Charlie Countryman, has stepped down from the project, EW confirmed Thursday.
The sequel to 2013’s box office hit Olympus Has Fallen was set to begin shooting in just six weeks, with original cast members Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman set to return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the split was due to creative differences that may have stemmed from the accelerated production schedule. Bond only boarded the project in August.
Sources tell THR that Millennium Films hopes to have a new director within the next 72 hours in order to stay on track. They plan to shoot at the end of October with Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo and will break untill Butler can begin shooting in February with the goal of hitting their Oct. 2, 2015 release date.
The first film, which cost a reported $70 million to produce, grossed over $161 million worldwide in 2013, and the sequel was put on the fast track. In this take, the leads travel to London for the funeral of the British Prime Minister and find themselves in the middle of a plot against the lives of the various leaders in attendance.