The Die Hard series has slowly declined in quality over time (with the exemption of the awesome third one).
But Bruce Willis and director Len Wiseman are hoping to buck the trend with the announcement of a prequel set before the famous 1988 film.
The filmmaker hinted the movie in a tweet from October last year:
And now, in an interview with Christina Radish, Wiseman said:
“After doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce [Willis] and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1. That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy?”
He explained that it wouldn't just be cameo from Willis, but rather flashbacks to the 70s inter-spliced with scenes of a present-day John McClane.
“The film itself will take place on New Years’ Eve 1979, so trying to gear things towards that would be fun, if we could come out around the same time, but these movies take their own paths.”
The big question would obviously be: who plays McClane from 1979?
Wiseman also had this to say:
“It has to be somebody that has the swagger and the confidence, but also the charm, the wit, the charisma and the toughness. It’s asking a lot, especially in somebody that’s younger. It has to feel like the guy owns it, rather than is trying to put it on.”
What do you reckon? Worth the punt, or is this one going to bomb?