Director Len Wiseman is currently working on the Die Hard sequel/prequel, Die Hard Year One, which will cut back and forth between modern day and 1978. Wiseman is working on a few other projects, though, including the Underworld TV show and an action movie that involves ghosts.
Learn more about the projects after the jump.
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What’s with all the origin stories these days? Are audiences asking for them? Do studios think movie fans want their favorite characters demystified and explained to death? Isn’t a character’s behavior enough to illustrate where they’ve been and what they’ve seen? Apparently not, which is why we hear so much news about origin stories and prequels. One of the most notable “untold stories” we’ll see soon is Die Hard Year One, a prequel/sequel fans have been weary of ever since it was announced.
Below, director Len Wiseman explains his approach to the Die Hard prequel.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
When Len Wiseman posed a picture of the title Die Hard: Year One, early reports suggested that Bruce Willis would only appear in two bookending sequences to introduce and close out a story about younger John McClane. But when I spoke to Wiseman one-on-one, he clarified that Willis will be in more than two scenes. Read More »
The Die Hard franchise is in a bit of rut. The last installment in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard, not only completely missed the appeal of John McClane (Bruce Willis), but it was also just a bad movie. For the next sequel, Die Hard Year One, Fox has decided to take a different approach by bringing back director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and setting part of the story in 1979, showing how McClane became the cop we all know.
A few days ago Eric D. Wilkinson, a producer and writer of indies, took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter with his pitch for the next Die Hard, which comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) has now expanded upon.
Read Mark Millar’s Die Hard pitch after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
How appropriate that a franchise called Die Hard simply refuses to die. 20th Century Fox is reportedly making plans for a sixth Die Hard movie, with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman returning to the helm. This one will be a prequel of sorts, but don’t worry — Bruce Willis will still get to return in his signature role. More about Die Hard 6 after the jump.
UPDATE: Wiseman has revealed the title of Die Hard 6. Find out what it is after the jump. Read More »
Fox has a new DC Comics-based series in development, but it’s something very different from the Batman origin story Gotham. Lucifer is based, perhaps loosely, upon the vision of the fallen angel originally seen in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and will follow the Morningstar to Los Angeles, where he helps cops solve crimes. (Seriously.) Now Tom Ellis (Rush) is the Lucifer series lead, and will head to LA for the Fox series. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yet another part of the DC universe is coming to the small screen. Fox has officially given a pilot order to Lucifer, based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman. Len Wiseman is directing and will produce with Jerry Bruckheimer.
Worth noting is that the premise of the series has been tweaked since the last time we reported on this project. The Devil will now work in law enforcement. Which might be a commentary on the current state of American law enforcement, but is more likely just a concession to the enduring popularity of crime dramas. Get all the details on the Lucifer pilot after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Last month, we got word that Theo James would lead the next Underworld movie and that original star Kate Beckinsale would not be back. But just because she’s not returning for that particular installment doesn’t mean she’s left behind the vamp world for good.
Director Len Wiseman says there are two Underworld movies in development currently, and that one of those could feature Beckinsale. In addition, there’s also an Underworld TV series in the works. Hit the jump for more on the potential Kate Beckinsale Underworld return and the possible Underworld TV series.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Len Wiseman was going to follow up his unasked-for Total Recall remake with an unasked-for The Mummy reboot. But then he had second thoughts, and dropped out to focus instead on his TV series Sleepy Hollow. And now that he’s ready to return to big-screen directing, he’s got his eye on a new original project.
Wiseman is reportedly set to direct the FBI sci-fi Black Chapter, based on an idea he had with Zak Penn. If Penn’s history has you wondering if Black Chapter might be a superhero film of some sort, you’d be right. More or less. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Since last year, Universal’s been working hard to get a reboot of The Mummy off the ground. The studio first hired Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to write a screenplay, brought Len Wiseman on board to direct, and then commissioned a second screenplay by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) this past winter in case Spaihts’ version wasn’t up to snuff.
But progress has been pretty quiet since then, and now it’s hit a big speed bump. Wiseman has just departed the project, leaving producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Sean Daniel scrambling to find a replacement. Hit the jump to find out what happened.
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