A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore and star Jai Courtney will be flown as far away from the film’s production as humanly possible.
Guess which Bruce Willis-led action franchise is coming back with a vengeance? If you guessed RED… you’d be very wrong, because Deadline reports that a sixth Die Hard movie is being developed with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Wiseman is in talks to helm the film, which he will also produce alongside di Bonaventura.
According to the site, the film will take place in 1979 and center around a young John McClane, who is working as a cop in New York City. Despite the film being called a prequel of sorts to 1988’s Die Hard, Fox is reportedly leaving the door open for Willis to return to his iconic role. Presumably, this means that the film will feature both a younger version of the character through either flashbacks or some other device, and an older, present-day version of the character played by Willis. Wiseman and di Bonaventura are still in the early stages of pre-production and have only just begun the search for a screenwriter, so further details on the film are non-existent.
2013’s much-maligned John Moore-directed A Good Day to Die Hard, which both critics and fans called a bombastic and dreadful departure from the more gritty and exciting films in the series, could have easily sunk the franchise, as the film left many believing that Willis’s best days as McClane were long behind him. Undoubtedly, Fox is going to have to try extra hard to get fans on board for this new installment.
In the future, we’ll see if Willis is even interested in coming back to the series, although something tells me that a big enough paycheck and a nice-sized role may be enough to get the actor’s attention. However, it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore the fact that over the past few years Willis has putting insufficient effort into his performances, so hopefully, if he does reprise his role, he’ll be back in full force, as the franchise will either live or die based on his work.
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