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Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down,' revolving around a group of terrorists attacking that iconic piece of real estate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, now has reason to be nervous. That is, reason to be nervous beyond the fact that it was directed by Roland Emmerich. I kid, I kid. 'White House Down' is set to star Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. For awhile now it's been known that another White House siege movie, 'Olympus Has Fallen,' was in the works. 'Olympus Has Fallen' will be directed by Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day') and features Gerard Butler in the lead role. Well now it seems things are about to get a little more awkward for these two similarly-plotted actioners. 'Olympus Has Fallen' has been picked up by Film District and has had it's release date bumped up to April 5th of 2013, which actually sets it ahead of 'White House Down'sJune 28th, 2013 opening.
It's 'Deep Impact'/'Armageddon' all over again! It would be one thing if these movies seemed at all different, but their plot synopses actually sound like someone going into one, taking out the key words, and replacing them with synonyms for those words in order to create the other. Given that the plots are so identical, we're forced to look at casts and directors to try and decide which sounds more promising. 'Olympus Has Fallen' would appear to have the clear edge in the directing department, but Gerard Butler actually has me more worried for 'Olympus Has Fallen' than Channing Tatum has me worried for 'White House Down.' Yeah, that's where we're at. The move by Fuqua's film, a somewhat petty jump, may actually do more harm than if the film had been released after 'White House Down.'Rushing a movie into theaters before it's fully fleshed out just to compete with another film? Sure, that sounds like a brilliant plan that can't possibly backfire.
What do you guys think? Does this release date move strike you as wise? Which of these two films are you more interested in?