Fuqua In Early Talks For “Olympus”

Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “King Arthur”) is in early talks to direct the ‘Die Hard in the White House’-style action thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” for Nu Image/Millennium says Heat Vision.

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt penned the script which centers on an ex-Secret Service agent who must foil a terrorist attack on the president’s residence. Gerard Butler is on board to star and will produce with Mark Gill.

The project is being rushed into production, some say shooting could begin as early as June, in order to beat a rival project with a similar premise – “White House Down” at Sony Pictures. Roland Emmerich is in talks to direct that project.