This news will make an old question new again: is there anything Fox can do to make you truly excited for another Die Hard sequel? The studio has been building the next installment of the series for several months, and has just set one of the last major pieces of the puzzle in place.

John Moore (Max Payne) will direct A Good Day to Die Hard from a script by Skip Woods, with Bruce Willis once again playing NYC cop (or perhaps former NYC cop) John McClane. This time, he travels to Moscow to talk the local authorities into freeing his jailed son, and both men end up embroiled in a world-threatening terrorist plot.

Fox is taking a cue from Paramount’s approach to casting Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible, and is potentially using this movie to groom a new actor to take over the Die Hard series. Now he’s been chosen, and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will play the younger McClane. Read More »

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Ever since it was revealed that the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, would include one new major character in the form of John McClane’s son, rumors have been circulating about who might be up for the gig. Now a new report has surfaced claiming that the studio and director John Moore are getting closer to casting the role. They’ve apparently narrowed down their options to just four actors: Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, D.J. Cotrona, and (because no casting search is complete without him, apparently) Liam Hemsworth. More details after the jump.

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The Die Hard 5 news continues Thursday. We recently learned that the film, directed by John Moore, would be called A Good Day To Die Hard and released February 14, 2013. It’ll focus on John McClane, once again played by Bruce Willis, heading to Russia to get his son out of prison which then escalates into some kind of massive terrorist threat. With the McClane’s son seemingly the second lead and possible torch-bearer for the franchise, it surely will be a sought after role.

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The fourth sequel to Die Hard — a movie I’m not convinced that anyone really wants to see — has gone through a few permutations, as Die Hard sequels tend to do. The last director was Noam Murro, who dropped out earlier this year when he was hired to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia. When he bailed, Max Payne director John Moore was quickly mentioned as a possibility, even as further shortlist options were said to include Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn. Reportedly, Gary Fleder, Paul McGuigan and Mikael Hafstrom were also approached.

John Moore has made basically his entire feature career at Fox with films including Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen and Max Payne. Now we’ve got confirmation that he’ll work with Tom Rothman once again to bring John McClane back to the big screen in Die Hard 5. Read More »

The potential Die Hard 5 excitement level is going up and down like an express elevator from Hell. For months we’d just assumed that Noam Murro was going to direct the inevitable next chapter in the Bruce Willis action saga, but when he signed for 300: Battle of Artemisia, it looked like the job was going to John Moore. Now, mere hours after that news broke, it turns out that’s only a half truth. Moore, who directed Max Payne, The Omen, Flight of the Phoenix and Behind Enemy Lines is still in the mix, but he’s reportedly on a short list with the, no offense to Moore, much more exciting directors including Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Earlier this year, we reported that Noam Murro (Smart People, those Halo: Reach commercials) had been hired to direct Die Hard 5. More recently, however, Murro was chosen to helm 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly titled Xerxes), and the demands of that project have forced him to drop Die Hard 5. But the project appears to still be on track– 20th Century Fox hasn’t wasted any time finding a replacement, and has already put an offer out to a new director. Meanwhile, the first details for the plot of the new film, scripted by Skip Woods (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), have been revealed. Hit the jump for more info on the director and the plot.

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On Monday we heard about a couple sci-fi pitches that had been picked up by studios, with the general box office success of Battle: Lost Angeles probably not hurting that process.

Now two more have been picked up. Fox grabbed a new story idea from Jurassic Park III writer Peter Buchman, and Paramount grabbed the new pitch from Brian Miller, who wrote the low-budget ‘found footage’ sci-fi thriller Apollo 18. What little info we have on each is after the jump. Read More »

John Moore to Direct Final Orbit

Final Orbit art
John Moore will direct a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Final Orbit, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator series, Aliens, The Incredible Hulk). Moore was an Irish commercial director who became a feature filmmaker with Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen, and most recently Max Payne. The graphic novel, which was originally slated for release by Platinum Studios Comics in early 2009, still is unavailable.

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