This might be a good day for this idea to die hard … with a vengeance. There have been rumors circling about a Die Hard 6 movie for awhile, but it seems to have recently picked up a little more steam. Bruce Willis’ John McClane may well ride again in a prequel story that could have Willis splitting screen time with a younger version of his legendary character.
According to Deadline, Fox is in the process of making a deal with Len Wiseman (director of Live Free Or Die Hard) to return to the franchise with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The two are supposedly looking for a screenwriter who can make the story into a prequel that will keep Willis in the works. The main action, though, would take place in 1979, where McClane was a gritty New York cop, and the plot would chart the origin of his commitment to dying hard.
If you think this sounds like a terrible idea, you are not alone (and it sounds more like a reboot than a sequel, for what it’s worth). Willis has reportedly been kept in the loop throughout this process, since he and di Bonaventura have a close relationship. Fox is hoping di Bonaventura can raise another tent pole for them with the project, but regardless, another Die Hard film is pretty likely to make a lot of money. 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard grossed $383 million worldwide, while John Moore’s A Good Day To Die Hard garnered just a bit more than $300 million (despite being panned).
There are a lot of great ways that a new Die Hard movie could be approached, and if di Bonaventura and Wiseman find the right screenwriter, something good could come of it. But it could also go very wrong.
Let us know what you think of these developments, and what you would like to see (or not see) from a new Die Hard movie. After all, you know it’s going to happen at some point.