Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Danny Cannon set to take over Gerard Butler's Geostorm

Almost two years after the initial production wrapped, the Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) starring Geostorm still hasn't seen the light of day. The directing debut of frequent Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) collaborator Dean Devlin has had a troubled journey to the screen, and is now heading into reshoots – with a different director. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd), more recently responsible for the likes of CSI and Gotham, has taken over the reigns for two weeks of reshoots.

Announced in the wake of Butler's actioner Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Geostorm sees him playing a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the world's climate controlling satellites start to act up.

As a man-made storm of destructive proportions looms, he has to work alongside his estranged brother Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) to save the world. Part of that will mean going into space and stopping a plot to assassinate the president.

The new work on the film sounds extensive, reportedly costing in the region of $15m (reassembling the cast this far down the line will be expensive) and even jettisoning some characters. But the official line from studio Warner Bros is that Devlin was simply unavailable for the remount, leaving the door ajar for Cannon.

Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Amr Waked (Lucy), Katheryn Winnick (Love & Other Drugs) and Andy Garcia (Oceans 13) were all originally aboard, so we will see if they all make the cut when Geostorm is finally unleashed later this year.

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