Living up to it’s name, the Die Hard franchise just refuses to curl up under a tree and go to movie heaven. This morning on The Jim Rome Show Tom Rothman, co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, was on the show and spilled the beans on the next episode of ‘the Old As Balls John McCLane Chronicles’.
Die Hard 5 will be titled A Good Day to Die Hard
Shooting begins in January 2012
The sequel will be released on February 14th, 2013 (Valentine’s Day).
The story is set in Russia and begins with John McClane heading to Moscow to sweet talk some cops into letting his apparently-wayward son out of jail for something he did, but when he gets there, things surrounding his son’s arrest are not as they appear and world-threatening terrorist hijinks ensue.
McClane, Jr. has yet to be cast.
They still don’t know if it will be rated PG-13 or R.
John Moore (Max Payne, The Omen, Behind Enemy Lines) was chosen by Willis to direct.
Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A-Team) wrote the screenplay.
Bruce Willis has said that it would have to expand in scope and go “worldwide”. Willis has said that the series needs to expand in scope. The original film had John McClane “trapped in a building”, in Die Harderhe was “trapped in an airport”, Die Hard With a Vengeance expanded the scope to “New York City” andLive Free or Die Hard expanded the threat to the United States. So as you might have guessed it, Willis says the fifth film would have to go further: “Well it’s got to go worldwide.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has recently said that she doesn’t expect to return for Die Hard 5 as John’s daughter Lucy Gennaro McClane.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the first two Die Hard movies are near to perfect in my books. The last two… well, the premise was getting as thin as Bruce Willis’ hair. Do we really need to go after this dead horse with the baseball bat one more time?
Teaming up the guy that directed “Max Payne” with the dude that wrote “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” does NOT make me feel any better, nor does the thought of this McLane Jr. character (Shia LaBeouf from “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” anyone?) and the name, “A Good Day to Die Hard”? Are they even trying anymore?
Maybe I will be wrong, maybe Die Hard 5 will be awesome, be the best of the franchise, not make me want to strangle a kitten. That, however, will just open up the door for Die Hard 6: Hardly Dying.