Yes its true, CelebNMusic247.com has learned that Fox is making a deal for Live Free Or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman to return and develop with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Die Hard 6.
You might be asking yourself, why since the last one, A Good Day To Die Hard, was underwhelming when you compare it to Die Hard ((The OG is tied with LFODH), Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance (The 2nd Best of The Franchise), Live Free Or Die Hard (The Best of The Franchise).
It’s still in early development and Willis just turn 60 this year, so what do you do when your lead gets a little older?
You make a prequel!
According to the report, it will be Die Hard Year One and I’m told that Wiseman and di Bonaventura are now looking for a screenwriter to script a reinvention of the venerable action series, one that is sort of prequel while still leaving room for Willis to play McClane as well. Basically, he’ll bookend a story line that will be set much of the action in 1979, when McClane was a cop in gritty New York City and showing how he became a die-hard kind of guy.
While di Bonaventura is Paramount-based, he’s involved here because Fox sought to convert one of his project into a Die Hard movie (same as was done with Die Hard: With A Vengeance, which came from a spec script titled Simon Says). Wiseman came up with a new angle that he pitched to di Bonaventura, who’s staying involved here and will produce with the director. Di Bonaventura is certainly adept at tent poles and he also has a strong relationship with Willis, who doesn’t have a deal but has been kept in the loop every step of the way.
The idea of Willis working with a younger actor playing the same character is not unprecedented as Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the young version of him in Rian Johnson’s Looper. Wiseman did a good job giving the Die Hard franchise a second wind in 2007’s Live Free Or Die Hard, which grossed $383 million with a $134 million domestic gross. The last installment, the John Moore-directed A Good Day To Die Hard, though not a crowd pleaser, did gross just north of $300 million, showing the viability of the franchise. I’m told a lot of screenwriters covet this movie, because let’s face it, McClane is one of the great action movie characters of the last 40 years. Wiseman’s repped by CAA.
In the words of John McClane “Yippee ki yay Muthaf-cka”!
What do you think of another Die Hard?
Excited? Or Not?