Die Hard 5
With filming almost underway on the fifth installment of Bruce Willis‘ Die Hard franchise one thing is clear. John McClane is old as balls and maybe it’s time for John McClane Jr. to take over the family business. (Hey, it worked so well for Indy in his last movie, fans LOVED it.) Those are some mighty big yippee ki-yay mother effin shoes to fill, right? That’s when you need a Spartan!
Star of the Showtime series Spartacus: Vengeance, Jai Courtney, has landed the coveted role as the estranged son of John McClane, named Jack. The Australian actor will team up with his Willis as a father/son combo to battle a villainous Russians for A Good Day to Die Hard. Looking at the leaked test screening image above and the the press release below, Jai will fit in just fine.
LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2012) __ Following a global casting search spanning several months, Jai Courtney has nabbed the coveted role of John (Jack) McClane, Jr., the son of Bruce Willis’ iconic action hero, in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD puts McClane on an international stage — truly a NYC fish out of water in Moscow — and introduces his estranged son Jack. An apple that has not fallen far from the tree, Jack may even be more of a hardass than his father. Despite their differences, they must work together to keep each other alive – and the world safe for democracy.
The film begins production this April, for a February 14, 2013 release.
Courtney, studied drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he graduated in 2008. Following graduation Courtney quickly landed guest star roles on two hit Australian shows, Packed To the Rafters followed by All Saints. Later that year, Courtney won a Theatre Critics Award as Best Newcomer for his performance in The Turning for the Perth Theatre Company. In 2009 he landed the role of Varro in the international television hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Fans of the show created an uproar over Varro’s death and to this day continue to lament about it on the many Spartacus fan sites and blogs. Last year, Courtney landed a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Hopefully the studio will up the rating back to a soild R, no more of that cheesy bullshit for Willis to deal with. No word yet if Courtney has signed up for Hudson Hawk 2, but fingers crossed.
Source: You Bent My Wookie
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.
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*
Die Hard 5 has been in limbo for a while now. Willis and the studio have been trying to find the right director. Someone that will placate to Willis’ ego. Well, 20th Century Fox has found that man. Mr. John Moore, director of Max Payne.
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.
I’m always down for some John McClane badassery, but from the makers of Max Payne, The A-Team, and Wolverine…. please God, take me now.
Justin Lin has wanted to direct a 5th installment to the Terminator franchise for a long time now, and after all the recent bad press it seems that the Fast Five director can finally get his wish and work on his dream film with the original T-800 himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Justin has a very strong style to his films and after the let’s say ‘lukewarm’ success to Terminator Salvation another film that featured Schwarzenegger, I think it’s time for the Terminator to get the edge it so desperately needs.
Take a look at Lin’s quotes on all of this after the break.