New Director Set For “London Has Fallen”

Scandinavian helmer Babak Najafi (“Easy Money II: Hard to Kill”) is in talks to replace Fredrik Bond at the helm of “London Has Fallen,” the upcoming sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen” from Millennium Entertainment.

With only a few weeks to go before shooting, Bond left the production and so both Millennium and leading man Gerard Butler scrambled to find a replacement.

Several names emerged as contenders this past week including Wayne Blair (“The Sapphires”) and Gary Fleder (“Runaway Jury”), but Najafi pulled ahead during dealmaking.

If Najafi is set, he’ll shoot four weeks of the project with cast members Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo in London shortly. Then the production goes on hold for a few months and picks up again from February to April, this time with Butler also in tow.

Source: Heat Vision