White House Down [movies]
While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
When a paramilitary group led by Emil Stenz (Jason Clarke) takes over the White House, US Capitol Police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum), a rejected applicant to the Secret Service, must rescue the President of the United States James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) while trying to keep his daughter Emily (Joey King) out of danger.
White House Down is directed by Roland Emmerich and based on a screenplay by James Vanderbilt, who is also one of the film’s producers. Sony Pictures purchased Vanderbilt’s spec script in March 2012 for $3 million, in what The Hollywood Reporter called “one of the biggest spec sales in quite a while”. The journal said the script was similar “tonally and thematically” to the films Die Hard and Air Force One. In the following April, Sony hired Roland Emmerich as director. Emmerich began filming in July 2012 at the La Cité Du Cinéma in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 2012, Sony competed with Millennium Films, who was producing Olympus Has Fallen (also about a takeover of the White House) to complete casting and to begin filming.