‘Die Hard 5′ Setting & Possible New Director Revealed [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

bruce willis die hard 5 Die Hard 5 Setting & Possible New Director Revealed [Updated]

[UPDATE: A handful of directors are now being shortlisted as contenders to helm Die Hard 5. Read on…]

When Live Free or Die Hard raked in over $383 million worldwide in theaters back in 2007, it was only a matter of time before serious talk about Die Hard 5 got underway. Jump ahead to the present and sure enough, Bruce Willis is prepped to reprise his turn as damn-the-rules New York cop John McClane in a fifth installment.

Noam Murro was previously attached to direct Die Hard 5, but his signing on to helm 300: Battle of Artemisia has reportedly forced Murro to drop Willis’ action sequel from his to-do list. 20th Century Fox, it seems, already has a replacement in mind.

According to Twitch, director John Moore has been informed by studio heads that Die Hard 5 “is essentially his to take or leave.” Moore previously called the shots on movies like Behind Enemy Lines, the Flight of the Phoenix and Omen remakes, and the video game adaptation, Max Payne.

UPDATE: According to Deadline, Moore does have competition for the Die Hard 5 directing job, in the form of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Justin Lin (Fast Five), and Nicolas Wending Refn (Drive). However, Moore remains the most likely candidate, out of the four.

Skip Woods’ revised screenplay for Die Hard 5 reportedly sends McClane and his son overseas to Russia, where the two are drawn into “a conflict with local forces.” Presumably, that means Willis is going to be paired opposite a younger actor as his biological son, Jack Gennero – in which case, we can expect more old vs. new-school banter between the two, along the lines of the dynamic between Willis and Justin Long in the fourth Die Hard flick.

It could also be that Long’s character, Matthew Farrell, will now be married to McClane’s daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and thus could return as Willis’ son-in-law. Either way, don’t be surprised when Die Hard 5 boasts plenty of one-liners and “I’m getting too old for this…” type of humor.

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There are a couple of routes Die Hard 5 could go, with regards to how McClane and his son get involved in a deadly plot in international territory. It’s possible that the pair might just be vacationing overseas and find themselves in the wrong (right?) place when the you-know-what hits the fan (a setup more similar to those in the first two Die Hard movies). Or perhaps McClane will be recruited by the U.S. government to handle the trouble in Russia, after his role in averting the threat to national security in Live Free or Die Hard.

McClane serving up U.S diplomacy as only he can would be pretty preposterous, even for this action franchise. Then again, that would be part of the fun – and all the less unexpected, going off the previous films scripted by Woods (see: The A-Team, Wolverine, Hitman, Swordfish) and directed by Moore.

Assuming Twitch’s report is true, though, this news seems to kill off the onetime rumor about McClane taking on another Gruber in Die Hard 5. That’s a shame too, since our own Ben Moore had some amusing ideas about how the whole Gruber clan could join the party this time around.

die hard 6 bruce willis retires Die Hard 5 Setting & Possible New Director Revealed [Updated]

Bruce Willis’ days as a convincing action hero on the big screen aren’t done just yet (see: last year’s Red), and he looks to kick plenty of butt in upcoming titles like The Expendables 2 and Die Hard 5 – not to mention, the persistent rumors about him being sought to play Joe Colton in next year’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He has already announced his intention to call it quits (with regards to the John McClane character) after Die Hard 6, though.

Sad news for some, certainly, but perhaps that’s for the best – lest we get a seventh Die Hard that features an arthritic McClane duking it out with the orderlies of his nursing home, during a bingo night-gone-wrong.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Die Hard 5, which is tentatively being eyed for a 2012 release.

Source: Twitch

Update Source: Deadline

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  1. Is it just me or are there an awful lot of big movies coming out in ’12?

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    • Well if “The avenger”,”The dark night rises”,”The hobit” and many more that comes next year are consider awful to you then you must be a troll.

      • First of all, he said “an awful lot of big movies”, not ” a lot of awful movies”, genius. Secondly, even if he did mean that the movies coming out were awful, I’m sure he didn’t mean every movie was going to be awful. Thirdly, learn to spell (after you learn how to read) before casting judgement on others.

  2. With the exception of part 2 I have enjoyed all of the Die Hard films. I had fully expected the last one to be awful but I was pleasantly surprised bye how much I enjoyed it. So let’s go, I’m ready for another and I don’t care what it takes, find a way to get another Gruber involved…

  3. They should have another Gruber in it and be played by Michael Fassbender,That would be awesome

    • Dave wins the Die Hard 5 idea contest. Michael Fasbender as a second generation Gruber would be awesome.

      • +1

  4. NO more Grubers, thats like rehashing old villains. Return the franchise to the glory days of R ratings. What, Wiseman can’t find time to do this? Maybe Willis can use his star power to get Mctiernan out of prison lol.

  5. Since the original is pushing 25 years old, how inconceivable would it be to find out that Hans had a family (he was only a thief after all), and a son when he was killed by McClane at the end of the movie? Now 25 years later, Hans’ son is grown and targeting McClane and, more importantly, his son as revenge for having his father taken from him and growing up with the soiled reputation of the Gruber d
    family name. I could see Hollywood playing up the whole father-son/family dynamic.

  6. Jusat so long as the movie is R-rated I am all for more Die Hard.

    • @ Chris O

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      I’m sick of Hollywood watering down these movies for mass consumption.

      It’s not like less people are going to see another Die Hard movie if it isn’t rated R.

  7. I would like to see Alan Rickman back at Hans’ long-lost twin. Or look-alike older brother. Rickman would be a great way to bring us full circle in DH6.

    • Really dude?

  8. Great news that Noam Murro isn’t directing Die Hard 5, his movie Smart People bombed.

    I think John Hyams would be a great choice, he directed Universal Soldier Regerenation where the action was good and the fight scenes were the best part of the movie.

    Regerenation was the best movie of 2010.

    Just give Hyams a great script then he can make a gritty, brutal rated R action Die Hard movie with more action, more explosions, more gunfights and more one liners.

    If not that then John McTrienan who directed the first one and the third one should return to direct Die Hard 5.

    • Be hard to do when he’s in prison.

  9. I’ve been a die-hard Die Hard fan since I saw the first one when I was little. As long as they continue, along with Bruce willis I am definitely going to support this. Thank god no one is rebooting this franchise but instead are keeping it going

  10. I liked the first 3 Die Hard movies.

    Didn’t like Live Free or Die Hard. Stupid PG-13 and Justin Long.

    • Adam, that’s how I initially felt about LFDH, but I will admit Long was more watchable in that movie than he has been in any other movie, plus I have the Unrated DVD.

      • @ Anthony

        I agree about LFDH & Justin Long’s role in it compared to other roles in other movies of his. I too got the Unrated DVD. First film will always be my favorite but the 4th film seemed to wattered things down imo. So i hope the 5th film picks things up to like the original, or close to it aswell as the 6th film.

    • @Adam

      I don’t care about the rating, curse words are only cool to kids in my opinion. I’ll admit that for the first 3 they fit since he was the “young and rude” John McClane, but in LFDH he took on the role of an aging, more mature cop that is caught in a similar situation. I liked that he wasn’t just cursing left and right, it made him seem more mature like his character should have been. Should he have cursed a few times? Yes, I think he should have. Which is worse, him not cursing at all or him cursing all of the time? After watching the unrated version, him cursing all of the time was actually very distracting, so I actually prefer the PG-13 theatrical version…

      But about the first three, 1 and 3 were good, 1 especially, 2 was pretty bad… I would rank them: 1,4,3,…..2 (to signify it being a distant last)

  11. Wait…Willis wants to do a number 6?

  12. did everone forget about DH3? We’ve had two Grubers over the span of 7 years. if ANYTHING bring a Gruber in for DH 6. It began with a Gruber and end with a Gruber

  13. jean reno

    • a pissed off frenchman taking out his frustrations on russia. the mother of all bad countries. mcclane is in russia because his son is on a field trip with his college orchestra class. of cours a bunch of big shots are judging the musicians from around the world and this is an oppurtunistic time fore the frenchman to make a name for himself. one liners galore of course, mcclane looks at a russian cop after killing some french guy “that’s why they don’t f- – -k with the u.s.”

      as a bonus if samuel jackson was interested, there could be an electronics convention and he is there. he is always being called names by the french like “black russian” and it’s pissing him off.

  14. Didn’t care much for the last Die Hard but still wouldn’t mind another as long as where ever it is set they keep McClane in just one location rather than going all over the place. It was the limited location which helped make the first 2 movies so good and the lack of it a big reason why the last one felt mundane and generic.

  15. Anyone else remember the Die Hard 24/7 idea, with Jack Bauer and John McClane together, I think we can agree that would have been all kinds of awesome.
    I loved Die Hard 4.0 but I don’t like the idea of using his son, when his daughter was so involved in the last film, and can’t we bring Sam Jackson back???

    • Yeah but sam, we just can’t forget about his son though, all the time I was watching LFDH i was wondering what became of him, it woulda been nice to see a little background on the father/son relationship, or lack of.

    • I’m sorry, I’d hate to offend every 24 fan on this site, but if it was John McClane and Jack Bauer together, there is no match, John McClane every day of the week, or in this case, all 24 hours in the day…

  16. Same screenplay writer as The A Team? This could be all sorts of fun then… Of course it being horrible is also a possibility but hopefully not…


  18. Refn would be an awesome choice, I love everything ive seen from him, and im real excited for Drive. I think he could def pull off the same feel as the first movie

  19. Great idea for a title….”Old Habits…DIE HARD!”

  20. ill watch it whatever the plot is

    • @ PessimistPrime

      Not bad. But i wouldn’t have the character hint he’s a Gruber till he makes his final big move if he was to be the villain in the film. Just to have little suspense, kinda like in Die Hard: With A Vengence by at first having McClane thinkin it was all but revenge when it was revealed to they were stealing all the gold. But at the end made Simon made it personal to kill McClane.

  21. len wise should have stuck around for one more go around with the die-hard before tackling on a bigger project such as the total recall remake.
    i can already smell a box office dud next year without arnold schwarznegger in the movie, 200 million to produce. yikes!