A Good Day to Die Hard should have been a franchise-killer. It was almost completely devoid of merit, no longer understood the character, and the domestic box office wasn’t particularly overwhelming. But like its title, you can’t easily nix the franchise, and work is underway on Die Hard 6. Tentatively titled “Die Hardest“, Ben Trebilcook is reportedly writing a treatment, which means the project is still at a very early stage. Trebilcook is currently at work on the videogame-themed action flick Knockout, which brought him into the orbit of A Good Day to Die Hard consulting producer, Larry D. Webster. However, it’s worth noting that only Fox can authorize a new script, so either Webster is pursuing it on behalf of the studio, or there has been a misunderstanding between the parties involved.
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According to Total Film, “Details are scarce at the moment, but we know that the story begins in New York, before moving to Tokyo, which will be the predominant location.” I guess because people couldn’t get enough of John McClane’s horribly manufactured catchphrase, “I’m on vacation!” There’s also no word if McClane will team up with a distant cousin or some other unnecessary partner.
However, fans shouldn’t groan their lungs out just yet. The project is a long way from getting the support from Bruce Willis and producer Alex Young. “[There’s] the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second,” says Trebilcook. “Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise.” This seems to be Trebilcook’s way of saying that Die Hard 6 will go back to the roots of the character, but as A Good Day to Die Hard showed, Willis and Co. clearly have no idea what those roots are. In any event, this should be considered rumor for the time being.