For many, Die Hard with a Vengeance was the last good Die Hard movie; for others though, Die Hard was the last good Die Hard movie, so let’s just say it’s a contentious debate and leave it at the idea that A Good Day to Die Hard was horrid, horrid, horrid! Still, it collected a few coins at the worldwide box office, and Bruce Willis said he’d enjoy another go in John McCain’s shoes, so a follow-up is inevitable. But will it suck? Perhaps Fox is buttressing their odds by adding one of the reasons that Vengeance was so enjoyable, by re-teaming Willis with Samuel L. Jackson.
This rumor, as most provocative rumors do, comes from Latino Review’s El Mayimbe:
TWITTER SCOOP: FOX is meeting writers for takes on next DIE HARD. It has to involve John McClane AND Samuel Jackson’s Zeus Carver character!
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
If you don’t recall, Zeus is the Harlem electrician drawn into the cat-and-mouse game between McClane and Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) in Vengeance. Of course, this came less than a year after both actors got a boost in popularity and prestige from appearing in Pulp Fiction (albeit not together), so they still had that sheen of coolness on them from appearing in Tarantino’s movie. Still, given the middling effort of Live Free and Die Hard and the outright awfulness of A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox could do worse than to reach out to a past, successful sidekick to re-energize the franchise’s sixth chapter.
Interestingly, this news that Jackson may be being courted for Die Hard 6 does not come out of left field. Last fall, an Ain’t It Cool News article quoted a What Culture interview with screenwriter Ben Trebilcook, who had already been hired to write the script for Die Hard 6. The story Trebilcook talked about involved McClane going to Japan to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the “Naktatomi Hostage Crisis,” AKA: the events of Die Hard. Apparently, there was a part written for Jackson as Zeus if he’s willing to play, and it would be hard to believe he wouldn’t be because Jackson’s just that kind of actor.
What do you Bastards think, more Die Hard, more Jackson, or maybe just let the whole thing die. Hard. Sound off with your judgments below.