There’s little to go on here, and the news is far from confirmed, but one persistent seeker of big studio news says that Fox is meeting with writers for pitches on a new Die Hard script. No real surprise there. While the last film sucked, it made some money, and Bruce Willis has said he would play the role of John McClane again. The big news, assuming this report is correct, is that for Die Hard 6 Fox wants to reunite Willis with his Die Hard With a Vengeance co-star, Samuel L. Jackson. Read More »
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The fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day To Die Hard, got terrible reviews and was a medium-sized success in the United States. It seemed like American audiences didn’t really care about the Russian exploits of John McClane (Bruce Willis) his son, played by Jai Courtney. Or it was just a bad movie. Either way, that was not the case everywhere else in the world. The film was a success overseas, grossing almost $250 million internationally and pushing 20th Century Fox to move ahead with another installment.
We now have some news on the next installment of the Die Hard franchise. Its working title is Die Hardest and the current idea takes place primarily in Tokyo. The first script is being written by British writer Ben Trebilcook, who admitted Bruce Willis and other members of the team have yet to sign off, so all of this might go away. Read more below.
Update: Screen Crush reports that this is untrue through various sources within Fox; one says “there is no truth to this whatsoever.”
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Briefly: A Good Day to Die Hard hasn’t opened yet, and the people who have seen it are heavily embargoed, but there’s already talk of a sixth film in the franchise. Appearing on the One Show on BBC, Bruce Willis was asked if a sixth film would come to pass. According to Bleeding Cool, he simply smiled and said “yes.”
We’ve got nothing more than that, but I would trust Willis, as one of the powers behind the series, to speak with more authority than your average actor about the possibility of a sequel. That could always change if the new film opens poorly. But Fox has aggressively marketed the movie, and done a good job of creating anticipation. As to whether the film holds up, well… I haven’t seen it. We’ll see. The only questions might be who will directs, and what clever naming device will fit “die hard” into the title?