DIE HARD 5 to Be Titled A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD; Plus More Details on the Upcoming Sequel

     October 12, 2011


Fox Filmed Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman went on Jim Rome this morning and since Rome is a big fan of the Die Hard franchise, Rothman answered some questions about the upcoming sequel.  Rothman told Rome [via /Film] that the official title is A Good Day to Die Hard, because I guess John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now a Klingon.  Shooting is set to begin in January 2012 for a February 14, 2013 release (President’s Day weekend, but it may also be a nice date flick).  The story will have McClane traveling to Russia to save his son John McClane, Jr., “but nothing is what it seems.” (Russia’s been dead the whole time!)  They’re still casting for John McClane Jr. and they’re not sure if the film will be PG-13 or R.

Hit the jump for more details on the sequel.

As we previously reported, bland director John Moore (Max Payne) was chosen by Willis to direct, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead says she doesn’t expect to return to play McClane’s daughter (one imperiled child at a time!).  Skip Woods (Hitman) wrote the screenplay, and Willis says the story will go “worldwide,” because the series needs to expand in scope.

I would disagree with that sentiment.  One of the defining traits of McClane is his resourcefulness. Give him the whole world and the claustrophobia and desperation of his plight is lost.  His other defining attributes are his wise-cracks, foul-mouth (which was lost in Live Free or Die Hard) and the beating he can take (hence the title).  All that seems to be left is the beating and the wise-cracks which turns him into a generic action hero with a well-known name.  Basically, there’s really no point to a Die Hard 5 but we’re getting one anyway.


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  • teejay

    FYI get back to the fucking drawing board on all fronts for this. Yikes!!

  • IllusionOfLife

    Ok, you had me until “John McClane, Jr.” Suddenly I started having horrible flashbacks to a certain Spielberg/Lucas venture from 2008 that I’ve desperately tried to repress.

    Live Free or Die Hard wasn’t bad, it wasn’t really good either, but it could have been a lot worse, and I was hoping Die Hard 5 would bring the series more back to basics, but apparently we just have some people who don’t understand Die Hard making a movie called Die Hard. So, just like pretty much every big budget Hollywood movie these days.

  • Oscar

    Dude report on a story, don’t be such a condescending prick when it comes to things you disagree with, Thats all your stuff ever is.

    • Edward Lee

      Matt is a bit of a d-bag when it comes to “reporting” on movies.

      • Matt Sucks

        yep, ive noticed that. He is probably the only thing I dislike about this website is his snide remarks.

    • munsterb

      …this is a blog, what do you expect? Go read Entertainment Weekly if you want unbiased “reporting.”

  • Tarek


    Bruce Willis is no longer funny in this character. Let it go.

    • Cartouche

      You are right. Not only is he not good in this role anymore its becoming increasingly difficult to see any sort of difference in any character willis is playing these days.

      See RED, EXPENDABLES (albeit brief), SETUP (why did I see this movie), The nine and Ten yard movies etc..

      All these characters are archetypes that are these soft spoken guys with a forced charisma that may have worked 20 years ago and not too mention they are all “badass”.
      Red was a cool movie but he is playing the same guy over and over again.

  • Dryer

    Seriously ?! Just on the title alone I can tell I won’t be wasting my time with this downward spiral of a series. Im glad I was around for the first three, to me there are no other DIE HARD films. The appeal of John McClane is his regular joe sensibilities thrown into claustrophobic sititautions. I think Willis really missed the boat by not turning 16BLOCKS into DIEHARD 4 and instead gave us an over the top dumbed down for the masses convoluted LIVE FREE.

  • Lorraine Gugino

    Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin, Zac Efron, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, Chad Michael Murray, Chace Crawford or James Lafferty as John “Jack” McClane, Jr.

    • Ken

      You are of course, forgetting about 15 year-old stand-up comedian Joey Bragg, who is soon to be a big name in Hollywood. He would be a great fit as the son of Bruce Willis. Check him out on Youtube, he’s hilarious.

  • Sands

    The title should be ‘Die Hard 5: Die Hardest’.

  • Ryan

    Worst title ever…the plots not sounding too hot either. If they go pg-13 again I’m just done with the franchise altogether. I’m so sick of Hollywood watering down all these R rated franchise in the hopes to make a few extra bucks. When the heroes tag line ends in the words “mother f**ker”, pg-13 shouldn’t even be an option.

  • Elitist Prick

    I have to admit, I like the title “A Good Day to Die Hard” a lot more than any of the other sequel titles. However, a John Moore action sequence* is about as exciting as two tablets of Ambien and some warm milk, so my hopes are still pretty low.

    With that said, I think you can have McLane trapped in Russia the same way he was trapped in Nakatomi Plaza or the same way he was “trapped” in the bomb-defusing scenario in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

    *Dialogue and character development in a John Moore movie? You’re better off hiring John McTiernan’s underwear for that stuff.

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  • Dedpool

    The title works for me. As for making it international, only if its confined to two cities, a starting American city (hopefully NYC) and then a large Russian city. have him trapped in some US embassy or something and trying to save his son who is like in a college UN type thing or something, with a real assisnation attempt going on and McClane trying to find out who did it and clear his name because of course he’s got to be framed for it.

  • Jon Diced

    I loved Die Hard. It’s a hugely enjoyable escapist fantasy I’ve rewatched many times, but
    they should have stopped with the first. Sequelitis is killing my interest in the film industry.
    I suggest the title of the next bloated money-grab in the series just be “Die Already”.

  • Nick

    Ideal for McClane Jr : Brian Geraghty
    Idiotic Hollywood casting that will actually happen: Penn Bagdley

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  • Arnold

    A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD sounds like a working title, I hav no problem with tat as long as they get the story right n hav great action sequences. I love all 4 movies n will love this if they do it right!!!

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