Things looked bad for the Olympus Has Fallen sequel when Fredrik Bond left the film last week only a few weeks away from beginning shooting. Prospects for a replacement weren't looking good and according to THR, star Gerard Butler may have contemplated leaving the project.
Three directors names rose to the surface. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) were considered but Scandinavian helmer Babak Najafi, (Easy Money II: Hard to Kill) rose to the top and is now in talks to take over London Has Fallen.
If the deal comes through, then the movie will have a split filming schedule to accommodate Butler who is currently filming Geostorm. Najafi would begin shooting for four weeks with principals Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett andMelissa Leo. The production will then pause before picking up again in February, this time with Butler, and shoot until April.