During a recent interview, Gerard Butler drew comparisons between his upcoming action movie Angel Has Fallen to Logan. Olympus Has Fallen was a flashback to the famous 1980s style of action movies, depicting a trash-talking hero, nasty one-liners and a lot of dead people. It was not extremely stylized entertainment, but, the smart direction and stellar cast which was much better than the story, such as Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, and Morgan Freeman, made it a success! It overtook the Channing Tatum starrer White House Down on the box office, which was another film of that year featuring the Die Hard style action inside the White House.
Most members of the cast came back to make London Has Fallen, which depicted Butler as the gutsy Secret Service agent who focused on keeping the President alive after a massive terror attack in London. While the sequel didn’t get encouraging reviews, it went on to be a big hit, and in no time another sequel was announced. The upcoming Angel Has Fallen will feature the Air Force One coming under attack, and although it reminds you of a certain Harrison Ford movie bearing the same name, Butler has been emphasizing that his film will be a darker and more balanced story.
The star gave an interview to Screen Rant to promote his upcoming film Den Of Thieves, and he discussed the next film by Mike Banning. Butler compared it to the much-acclaimed Hugh Jackman movie Logan. According to him, it feels as if everyone involved with the movie wanted to tone down the quantum of action in the series slightly. This is what Butler said:
“I’m about to make the next Has Fallen. Which is more like The Fugitive. It’s our version of Logan, what that was to Wolverine, that’s to this. It’s a lot of city falling, and even we were like ‘how many cities can we have fall?’ So it’s going to be really surprising and visceral, and we have a great director on that too Ric Waugh, who just did that movie Shot Caller with Jonny Bernthal.”
It definitely gives the impression of Angel Has Fallen being more of a character based movie and less dependent on the visuals. Although Logan had compelling action scenes, it was more about delving into the broken psyche of Wolverine, due to which it turned out to be a unique comic book based film in a long, long time. It is unfortunate that Aaron Eckhart won’t be a part of this Butler movie after he confirmed that he wouldn’t reprise the role of President Benjamin Asher of the two earlier films.
The ‘Has Fallen’ series has turned out to be quite well for Butler, who hasn’t done well outside the franchise in recent times. His big-budget movie Geostorm didn’t make a strong impression, and it is better to not even discuss Gods of Egypt. We know that Butler is a mighty actor if given the right material. Thus, it is quite possible that he would give Mike Banning a well-deserved cinematic send-off with Angel Has Fallen.
As of now, there is no release date listed for Angel Has Fallen, however, we will let you know once further details emerge.