John McClane is back to kick some ass and yippee-ki-yay some motherf**kers, with “Die Hard 6” in the works at Fox. Len Wiseman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura have teamed up once again to bring back the near unkillable cop: this time in 1979’s New York, in what is being referred to as” Die Hard: Year One.”
The “Die Hard” franchise is living up to its name in being notoriously hard to kill, even though Bruce Willis is pushing 60 and speaks in a permanent sleepy drawl. Well, five “Die Hard” movies worth of explosions will take its toll on anybody, which is why we will see a different actor playing the young McClane in “Die Hard 6.” It will supposedly tell the story of how McClane became a “Die Hard” kind of guy. But Willis will be back to reprise his role, possibly in some kind of voice-over or situation where he tells the story, as a younger actor frantically runs, jumps, crashes and tumbles in some typical “Die Hard” scenarios.(via Deadline)
You can't kill #DieHard. The franchise centering on the near-immortal NYPD cop #JohnMcClane is gearing up for its sixth installment at #Fox, with Live Free Or Die Hard director Len Wiseman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura teaming to develop the project, #THR has confirmed The film is still looking to attach a screenwriter, but the story is meant to be a #prequel to the #action series. Set in 1979, the newest addition to the franchise will show how #McClane became the rough and tumble cop that audiences know. The plan is for #BruceWillis to reprise his role of McClane, with a different actor coming in to play the younger version of the character. Beginning with the first film in 1988, the Die Hard franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office, not accounting for inflation. The last film in the series, A Good Day Die Hard, lagged in North #America, grossing $67.3 million. It made up ground overseas for a #worldwide total of $304.7 million. Via THR
Wiseman is back to direct the sixth installment of the franchise for FOX, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura of “Transformers” fame, joining as producer. Wiseman also directed 2007’s offering “Live Free Or Die Hard,” known to most fans as the last good “Die Hard” movie. (via Hollywood Reporter)
While it is heartening to see the 1988 franchise that just refuses to die (despite the disastrous “Good Day to Die Hard”, which went “yippee kay yay mother-russia”), fans of the series will be concerned with the star-wars-syndrome (This happens when a prequel retroactively ruins the whole series for everybody). And since the whole appeal of the “Die Hard” series is an everyman cop who improvises his way out of wildly dangerous situations, a John McClane origin story does sound like a recipe veering close to disaster.
We will have to wait and find out, as Wiseman and Bonaventura are currently searching for a script-writer to pen a story worthy of John McClane.
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