It wasn’t the most popular news when we reported about plans for a sixth Die Hard movie. Specifically, a sixth Die Hard movie that would be a mix of prequel and sequel, and dig into the origins of the character of Bruce Willis’ John McClane. That said, the project rumbles on, and director Len Wiseman — who helmed Live Free or Die Hard — is continuing to make progress on it.
He’s given an update in a new interview with Collider, revealing that “after doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce 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?”
As many have pointed out, though, the first Die Hard film gives us all the origin information about McClane that we really need. What else do we actually need to know at that stage, and how much further detail is required? We’ve never met a single Die Hard fan who’s ever asked, “I wonder how John and Holly first met?”
Still, as Wiseman went on to say, “We’ve never seen the actual love story. We know its demise, but we’ve never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in ’78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.”
Wiseman confirmed that Willis is very much involved in the new movie, and that his appearance wouldn’t be just a cameo. Instead, the action we see in the 1970s has “ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day McClane”.
The new movie will be set on December 31st, 1979, and it’s likely to be an unknown actor who gets cast as the young John McClane.