It’s undoubtedly become more common for film companies to start developing similar projects at the same time, hoping they’ll be first to make it through the development proess and on to cinema screens.
Just last week Roland Emmerich attached himself to the spec screenplay, White House Down, about terrorists taking over the President’s house, and now Antoine Fuqua is in early talks to direct Olympus Has Fallen, which has a rather similar plot.
Gerard Butler is already set to star in this action thriller about a former secret service agent forced to save the White House from a group of bad guys. The script, written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, has been described as Die Hard in the White House.
Due to the Emmerich movie, Nu Image/Millennium Entertainment hopes to move fast on Olympus Has Fallen, with the plan being to start shooting this June. (Source: THR)