Interesting New Details Revealed For DIE HARD: YEAR ONE

Thanks to our friends at /Film, we have some new detail on the sixth Die Hard movie, which will be both a prequel and sequel. Producer Len Wisemen (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) has been hard at work developing the film.

Up until this point, all we knew about the movie is that it would be set in 1979, when McClane was fighting crime as a New York City cop. It will show how he "became a die hard kind of guy." Bruce Willis is set to reprise his role. It's also explained that the movie will jump back and forth between the past and the present. The movie is aiming for a Die Hard: Year One type of feel, in reference to Frank Miller’s comic book Batman: Year One. The title of the movie will be Die Hard: Year One.

While talking to /Film, Wiseman opened up and shared a few details on the film that I think fans of the Die Hard franchise will find interesting. Here is what was revealed:

  • A young Holly Gennero will be featured in the flashback scenes. Maybe we'll get to see how Holly and John met. 
  • We may see a present-day reunion of John and Holly as well, which would be really cool! We haven't seen them together since Die Hard 2
  • Wiseman won't make the mistake of making another PG-13 Die Hard movie. They'll make sure to go hard action R again. 
  • Bruce Willis will help in the process of choosing who will play a young version of John McClane. Those are going to be some big shoes to fill.
  • They will make sure that the script is finished and ready to go before they give the film a release date and start shooting this next time around. Wiseman explains:
"Die Hard’s going to be happening fairly soon. No dates. I’ve been asked about dates before and I’m always wrong. The date is when the script is right which is when we all want to go. The script has taken quite a long time. I want it to be right, as everybody does. The truth is we started prepping Live Free or Die Hard when the script was not ready. That process of working on the script as we were shooting the movie is not the funnest thing in the world to do. We pulled it together but nobody wants to go through that again."

Seems like the smart thing to do. It's always crazy to me that studios start shooting films without a solid completed script ready to go. When talking about the importance of the script, Wiseman says:

"I think it’s also more so than any other time, [the script]’s very important. We’ve seen it all. We’ve seen a lot. I think even, say, 10 years ago, I think studios in general were a little bit more willing to put movies like that, franchise movies into production with a sense of ‘we’ll continue to work on the script.’ I think that attitude has changed."

I'm actually pretty excited about seeing what comes Die Hard: Year One. I'm a huge fan of the Die Hard franchise and I recently attended a 30th anniversary screening of the original film at Nakatomi Tower, which was really cool!

I would love it if this next film dove back into the same hardcore gritty tone and style that we loved about the earlier films. The past two Die Hard films that were made are pretty forgettable. 

The big question is... who would you like to see take on the role of a young John McClane? If it was Marvel, they would just use Bruce Willis and de-age him digitally. 

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