The first three Die Hards were immensely enjoyable, thus the reason it was so disappointing to see Live Free and Die Hard cannibalize so much of what made them that way. Out was the brutal gun-violence, the hilarious smartassery, the fantastic antagonists, and in was the PG-13 videogame violence, the Kevin Smith jokes, and the computer programmer bad guy.
Recently, series star Bruce Willis confirmed that Die Hard 5 was on the way with a script by Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and today, Willis indicated that Die Hard 6 is on deck. What about 7, 8, 9, and 10? According to Willis, he plans to retire as John McClane after number six.
Check out the quote from Willis:
“In the next few years, they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else. But for me, I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie — Die Hard 6 — before finally hanging that white vest up for good. At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen. But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That’s when I’ll step away from the Die Hard films.”
Is it too much to ask that one or both of these movies randomly take place around the holidays? I’m not even asking for 5 or 6 to take place on Christmas, like 1 and 2, but what about Thanksgiving? It could be the Planes, Tranes, & Automobiles of the Die Hard series.
I smell a franchise!
Willis also revealed that the infamous “Yipee ki-yay (et cetera)” line was something he ad-libbed:
“Take the first Die Hard, I was the one who came up with the line, ‘Yippee ki-yay motherf****r!’ The producers were trying to give me their take on how I should say a certain line at that point in the movie, and I disagreed. […] So they said, ‘You do it’. So I did. Yippee ki-yay was some goofy thing that cowboys used to say in those movies, so I added the ‘motherf****r’ bit as I thought it was a nice, contrasting combination of the two images. And it worked. That expression’s really stuck around, that’s for sure.”
Not that I don’t trust Willis implicitly, but I would love to see this little on-set anecdote confirmed by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. DeSouza, the writers of the original Die Hard.
Despite the fact that I was, shall we say, less than satisfied with the fourth Die Hard, I’m really looking forward to number five (and number six, for that matter). I’m not one of those fans who gets disheartened by a bad sequel or two: I’m the type who gets extremely frustrated and yearns for the filmmakers to redeem themselves.
Take Indiana Jones and the Kindgom of the Crystal Skull, for example—I would honestly love to see an Indiana Jones 5, sans Shia LaBeouf, in hopes that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg can undo some of the damage that they did with number four. I mean, it’s not like the series can get any worse, right?
What are your feelings on the Die Hard franchise? Do you want to see it end with Die Hard 6, or would you prefer to see the series go on in perpetuity without Willis attached? Maybe by the time 6 is being developed John McTiernan (director of 1 and 3, my personal series favorites) will be out of prison and ready for a third Die Hard go around.
Bruce Willis fans can currently see him kicking ass in Red alongside Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich.
Source: Showbiz Spy
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