Director John Moore Says Not to Expect Corny Jokes in DIE HARD 5; Reveals A Car Chase Scene Took Them 78 Days to Shoot

     July 26, 2012


John McClane will once again be having a very bad day when the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, hits theaters next March.  The action moves to Moscow this time around, with Bruce Willis teaming up with his estranged son (played by Jai Courtney) to take on the baddies.  20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman previously talked a bit about the film’s story, revealing that the McClanes become “basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union.”

Director John Moore has now talked a bit more about what to expect from his take on the series, adding that this iteration won’t have many corny jokes and revealing that they spent 78 days shooting an ambitious car chase sequence.  Hit the jump for more.

john-moore-die-hard-5The folks over at Empire asked Moore if we could expect a light-hearted tone from A Good Day to Die Hard, with McClane spouting lines like, “How can the same shit happen to the same guy five times?”   Moore was quick to shoot this down:

“No, because that’s preposterous! I don’t know whether it’s post-financial crash or whatever, but I don’t think people are in the mood for that bollocks anymore. People are well savvy to the cynical reheating of any product, any franchise. Any shit won’t do. The bar’s a bit higher… There are a couple of great gags and a couple of great McClanisms. It’s not like he’s this idiot, bumbling around Moscow making ‘America won the Cold War’ jokes. It’s not Carry On Die Hard, I can assure you…”

Moore went on to reveal that Die Hard 5 has an international scope that’s highly ambitious, adding “There’s a car chase through Moscow that’s taking us 78 days to shoot.”  So even though this is the fifth go-around with the character, it appears we’re in for the same hardened action we’ve come to expect from the Die Hard franchise.  Hopefully we’ll see a trailer fairly soon, given that the film is set to open on February 14th, 2013.


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  • Lance

    Good idea to have this open in February. If it’s any good, it should dominate the box office with nothing else around but schmaltzy romantic comedies.

  • phil123

    the most wanted man in the soviet union. well done on keeping up with the last 20 years or world events fox guy.

    • Abide

      Seriously, I didn’t realize the Soviet Union still existed. Really speaks volumes for the intelligence of Fox CEOs.

      And unless this movie gets an R rating (I’ll put it in simple terms even a Fox CEO can understand): no care… ever.

      • DS

        haah I was thinking the same thing! Soviet Union? they’re probably thinking “Hey, at least it sounds cooler.”

        Quality of sequels aside, McClane’s a badazz, walking around on broken glass with no shoes on, killing the badguy by shooting through himself, etc. If they make a sequel please pleeease just leave out the Kevin Smith, and Star Wars references. Die Hard doesn’t need to go out of it’s way to ‘appeal to younger audiences’

  • Buzz

    I look at Die Hard like the Bond movies. They know what they are and they have no qualms with being what they are…well written and fun, kick a$$action movies. They can make five more and i’ll go see them if they maintain the quality of LFDH.

  • Harry

    78 days to shoot one car chase? Sounds about right considering Bruce needs a break every 10 minutes to relieve his arthritis.

    • Henry Pym

      Totally agree. It is either a piece of crap car chase scene that the director continued to just nit-pick at every detail of that particular scene or it is one of the best car chase scene in cinematic history, right up with Smokey and the Bandit, Bullitt, and the Cannonball Run.

  • Angmal

    The only bollocks I’m not in the mood for any more is a John Moore movie. He makes Ratner look good. The last Die Hard was depressingly average, so I don’t have very high hopes for this.

    • Joe

      “The last Die Hard was depressingly average”

      Can you pass me the bong you’re puffing on? LFoDH kicked all kinds of ass. It was easily the best of the Die Hard sequels, recevied great critical reception, and made more money than any Die Hard in history. The only negative to that film was the studio cutting up the director’s R rating to get a PG-13 rating.

  • Jesus

    78 days doesn’t imply the car chase is epic, it implies the director is incompetent.

  • Jonty

    I guess the fact that they are actually making this movie is a corny joke….

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