The original Die Hard is one of the finest action movies of all time. It will be studied for generations to come.The same cannot be said for the 2nd flick (it sucked hard), or Live Free or Die Hard, the 4th and most recent film in the franchise. It was less yippe-kay-yay, more yippee-kay-maybe. Goofy fun, though hardly the original’s equal. Regardless, it was efficient and entertaining enough for Bruce Willis to want to make a fifth one. *rolls eyes*
Before Moore was brought in there was Noam Murro who left the project to direct 300: Battle Of Artemisia for Warner Bros. The studio also looked at other directors such as Joe Carnish (Attack the Block), Justin Lin (Fast Five) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), all of which would have been superior choices to Moore.
Apparently Moore had to convince Willis that he was the right man for the job, “Moore and Willis had long meetings and Willis was swayed by Moore’s love for the John McClane character, and his grasp of how to shoot practical, non-CGI-heavy action scenes that have been a hallmark of the Die Hard series.” My interpretation…. “I love you Mr. Willis. I’ll do whatever you say Mr. Willis”.
The film, drafted by Skip Woods (The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is said to bring John McClane and his son to Russia (Yippee-Ki-Yay…Mother Russia). Though Mary Elizabeth Winstead played McClane’s daughter in Live Free or Die Hard, her character’s brother was only mentioned offhand in that film and hasn’t been seen since then-child actor Noah Land played the role in the original Die Hard.
The studio is hoping to make Die Hard 5 before Willis starts work on the sequel to Red for Summit Entertainment.