Bruce Willis has dropped what may be confirmation that Twentieth Century-Fox is moving ahead with Die Hard 5 (Live Free or Die Harder?). The news come from MTV who spoke with Willis for his upcoming role in Kevin Smith’s Cop Out where the 54 year-old actor pointed towards a possible start date of production next year.
There’s been speculation of another installment to the Die Hard series since Die Hard 4.0/Live Free or Die Hard released two-and-a-half years ago and this really heated up when Willis mentioned his interest in doing another around the time his last film, The Surrogates, released last fall.
Fast forward to present and we have what seems to be great news for those hoping to see the return of John McClane.
“I think we’re going to do a ‘Die Hard 5’ next year,”
As for what it may be about, Willis states:
“It’s got to go worldwide… That would be my contribution to it.”
Len Wiseman (Underworld 1 & 2) directed the 2007 take on John McClane titled Live Free or Die Hard which banked approximately $380 million at the box office with a pretty strong response from fans and critics. Despite the controversy and skepticism leading up the film’s release regarding the loss of the R-rating, the movie was a success and if it were up to Willis he “would hire Len Wiseman right now,” for the next movie.
They’ve already broken out of the trilogy to make a fourth and they even broke out of their tradtional R-rating to make a PG-13 movie geared towards bringing the larger audience of younger folks into theaters to witness the 80s action star kick some more ass. Why wouldn’t they make a 5th? Heck, maybe it’ll be in 3D!
Will we get to see Justin Long and Kevin Smith again? Willis did sign off on Smith directing him in Cop Out and if the following quote from Willis is any indication, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they were.
“I like so much more making fun of it, taking the piss out of it, not making it a big deal and not making the fact that I’ve acted in a lot of movies a big deal… It’s all illusion, and it’s all bulls—. It’s a great job for me to have, but everything else you can set on fire. Making people laugh is the real deal.”
What do you think of another more comedic PG-13 Die Hard flick and the return of John McClane?
As far as we know, Die Hard 5 begins next year likely for a summer 2012 release.