'Die Hard' Prequel in the Works
Published Oct 15, 2015Yippee ki-yay, Die Hard fans. There have already been five films in the action movie series, and now a sixth one is reportedly in the planning stages. This one is set to be a prequel.
According to Deadline's sources, Len Wiseman, the director of 2007's Live Free or Die Hard, is returning for this film. He's developing it with experienced action producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
They're apparently seeking a scriptwriter for what is tentatively being called Die Hard Year One. It's set to be an origin story about John McClane's early days as a New York cop in 1979. The plan is for Willis to play a modern-day version of McClane, with a younger actor to appear in the flashback storyline. This is a bit like what Willis did with Joseph Gordon Levitt in 2012's Looper (minus the time-travelling sci-fi twist).
It's still very early days for this project, since Willis hasn't even signed on yet. That being said, di Bonaventura has a good relationship with the actor (having worked with him films like Red, Red 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the upcoming American Assassin). The filmmakers are apparently keeping in touch with Willis regarding developments on the project.
It's still early days, so it remains to be seen how or if this project pans out. It's a promising idea, however, since Wiseman's return could help the franchise to recapture the excitement of Live Free or Die Hard (and help us to forget 2013's lacklustre A Good Day to Die Hard).