‘Die Hard 5′ is ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’; Plot Details Emerge

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 13th, 2011 at 8:04 am,

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We’ve learned a lot about Die Hard 5 since the project was announced – early details pointed to John McClane (Bruce Willis) going to Russia to face his latest threat, McClane now having stronger family ties in the form a young son, and possibly Justin Long from Live Free or Die Hard as McClane’s son-in-law (having married his daughter, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Die Hard 4).

One thing we haven’t heard, though, is what title the new Die Hard will be sporting – but now we know: fans of the franchise can look forward to seeing if the ominous implications of the title, A Good Day to Die Hard, actually play out in the film.

The new title was revealed by FOX co-chairman/Chief Executive Officer Tom Rothman on Jim Rome’s morning show. We got wind of it via a comprehensive report from the guys over at /Filmwhere they also posted a juicy list of early plot details from the film. You can check out that list below:

  • Shooting begins in January 2012
  • The sequel will be released on February 14th, 2013 (Valentine’s Day).
  • The story is set in Russia and begins with John McClane heading to Moscow to sweet talk some cops into letting his apparently-wayward son out of jail for something he did, but when he gets there, things surrounding his son’s arrest are not as they appear and world-threatening terrorist hijinks ensue.
  • McClane, Jr. has yet to be cast.
  • They still don’t know if it will be rated PG-13 or R.

This sounds like a typical bad day for John McClane, albeit set on a larger scale than previous films (each installment has upped the ante in terms of location and scope if you really look back at the franchise in its entirety). Of course, the presence of McClane’s son suggests that the film is going for a ‘pass the torch’ approach – one that would likely see the aging Willis bow out of the franchise in favor of some younger blood.

As many movie fans know, the pass the torch tactic has been tried before in films like Indiana Jones 4, and the upcoming Ghostbusters 3. I think it’s safe to say that not many fans are cheering for Shia LaBeouf to don Indy’s fedora – nor is anybody especially excited for the iconic actors from the Ghostbusters franchise to hand off their proton packs to a group of young (and likely, less funny) actors. In the case of Die Hard 5, it really all depends on who they cast to play McClane’s son. Some free advice: DO NOT make it Taylor Lautner.

A Good Day to Die Hard is going to be in theaters on February 14, 2013. John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines) will direct from a script written by Skip Woods (A-Team).

Source: /Film

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  1. The title should be ‘Die Hard 5: Die Hardest’.

    Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin, Zac Efron, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, Chad Michael Murray, Chace Crawford or James Lafferty as John “Jack” McClane, Jr.

    • If it’s Zac Effron, there’s no chance of me seeing it.

  2. Inside sources tell me that this movie was originally going to be a comedy filled with lame insults.

    “Die Hard 5: Hardy Har Har”


  3. This movie better be rated ‘R’

    • Yes! No more of this PG-13 crap!

    • Does that even matter?? The last movie was pretty entertaining IMO. I doubt the rating means anything. Just as long as I get my “Yippee ki yay Melon Farmer!”



    • Are u serius??? That dude is such a terrible actor if his in die hard 5 will suck


      He’s not deciding, genius. He’s simply giving them advice to not cast Lautner based on the fact that most action film fans are not a fan of his work. And that’s the TRUTH.

  5. im a big fan of all the die hard movies that have been made,the only thing i find wierd is the release date valentine’s day what is up with that why not keep it a summer film?

  6. I can’t imagine Willis shooting terrorists with his son……………awful….

  7. Bruce Willis could shoot terrorists with his grandmother And it would still be awesome

    • Best comment ever.

    • The McClane-badass-genes have to come of somebody, why not of his grandmother, maybe she shot some Nazis in WW2 as the first female US-soldier ;).

  8. Wow…Die Hard 5. This will have to be epicly epic. Think about it. Die Hard 1 – Terrorists in a building. Die Hard 2 – Terrorists at an airport. Die Hard 3 – Terrorists in NYC. Die Hard 4 – Terrorists take over the USA’s public infrastructure. Each movie has the terrorists progressively evolving. So where does it go from here? A worldwide terrorist plot? I’m on board because John McClane blows things up, and I like that.

    • Guess what is in it for “Die Hard 6″, maybe alien terrorists are invading our galaxy (Die Hard6: the hardened dying of the universe), wait that could be the movie-adaption of the X-Box-game Mass Effect.
      Hmm, the more I think about it, Bruce Willis could be a cool Commander Shepard.

  9. I’m surprised FOX did’nt go with May 25, 2013, which will be the official 25th anniversary of the franchise 1988-2013.

    • I thought the original was released in mid-July…either way, I’d prefer it not to be released Valentine’s weekend. I’m pretty sure my wife would put the kibosh on a Die Hard themed Valentine’s day romantic evening.

      • Sad!
        I’m insisting my man takes me to this for Valentine’s Day! lol
        He can show his love by enabling me to crush on Bruce some more. <3
        Then I'll take him home for steak and… well, you know.

  10. Lame title.

  11. It funny when all of us last week were guessing at the the title none of us thought of this one. I Actually like it better than the other on Live Free or Die Hard, which should have been Live Free and Die Hard to make more grammatical sense. And before anyone says anything I know that is New Hampshire’s state motto. I’m just saying it make more sense to me to have and in there instead of or.

  12. I love all the Die Hard films but I have a feeling this is going to suck hard

  13. I love the new title; hopefully they have some awesome visuals in this next installment that can top the car tunnel scene, the car/helicopter scene, the jet/semi-truck scene, and the hit at the apartment scene in the last film. Live Free or Die Hard is in my top 5 action movies. Absolutely amazing what they did. Make this next one great too!

  14. I wish them well in the casting, the franchise will live or die based on who they pick most likely.

  15. Die Hard with a Vengeance is the best sequel.

    Live Free or Die Hard was watered down to cater to the masses.

    This will likely be the same.

  16. “Die Hard 5: Living is Easy, Dying is Harder”

    • “Old Habits Die Hard”

      • I likey!

  17. This will go on my Netflix request list!

  18. It’s actually based in Iceland and the aforementioned terrorist group controls a space satellite which is capable of concentrating solar energy into death beams. The title? Die Hard Another Day.

  19. Love the Die Hard series. Looking forward to it.

  20. John Mclaine is caucasian and his wife is caucasian…. how the hell did they have a child that is half native american?!!!!! Do not make it taylor lautner!! for the good of everything bad ass!

  21. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD sounds like a working title, I hav no problem with tat as long as they get the story right n hav great action sequences. I love all 4 movies n will love this if they do it right

  22. i was really hoping they would do the die hard vs 24 thing.. jack bauer vs john would be epic…

    • That should be #6…and not versus each other. They will team up to fight against a team of elite, highly-trained mercenaries, the Expendables.

  23. I love the first Die Hard movie, it is a classic.

    The plot for Die Hard 5 seems okay and is like a Like Father, Like Son story.

    Let’s hope Channing Tatum or Shia LeBeouf are not cast as John McClane’s son.

    The title is awful, it would had better if the title was Die Hard 5.

    I hope this movie has more action scenes, more gunfights and more car chases than the first movie.

  24. I’m going to compare this fifth installment of the series to Scream series. I think that they got lucky with the 4th film being pretty good but they should just let this franchise rest.

    How many times is Mclane going to stop terrorists, its getting a bit out of hand (much like how many times is Sydney going to be chased after by another ghost face)

    Nevertheless, much like there will be another Scream film I am not surprised to hear there will be another Die Hard film.

    Aside from the concept of one man stopping a countless number of terrorist plots, I think the film could have potential. As far as actors to replace John Mclane and carry the franchise forward, you need somebody with a recognizable enough of a name and with a badass edge to him. Lautner is obviously a joke and would never seriously be considered.
    My guess, they will nab someone from a hit tv series

    • Honestly, they should just take the list of actors that was considered for the role of Captain America and use one of them. No Lautner, no Efron, but if they want McClane’s son to be a joke just give the role to Ashton Kutcher.

  25. I wouldn’t mind seeing the guy who was the antagonist in Never Back Down being the son; he could even use his martial arts skill. Of course, he is blond, so either they would have to choose someone else (maybe the protagonist from Never Back Down (the Tom Cruise look-a-like)) or darken his hair.

    • Either of those choices would be better than Lautner Efron and Tatum

  26. What’s about Jason Stratham to take over the Die Hard-franchise. Ok, he can’t play Willis son (father with 12, is not likely), but there must be a way to do it. Maybe his lost younger brother in jail, instead of his son.

  27. Die Hard is John McClane and he is Bruce Willis. That’s it!!! Trying to prolong the money machine without Willis means someone needs a crystal skull thrown at their noggin.

    His son needs to be young – like he was about 3 in the first one. So none of the 35-40 yr old dudes . But most of the younger studs seem involved in the rash of stripper movies that are gonna be dumped on the market (& the robot lackey needs to stick with the skull). Lautner is pretty young but he has the moves and hell with all the mayhem he doesn’t have to say anything, And like I said they would have to be insane to try and advance this series without Willis. So we have this one and I think Willis said he’d like to see 6 films in the series; so maybe another. and it took like what 5 years for this one to come around, so at least that kid would still be able to keep up with Willis 5 years from now; but whoever it is really needs to mesh with Willis. I’ll stand in line for this one even if I gripe about the story, title, or cast.