‘Die Hard 6′ Titled ‘Die Hardest’ – John McClane Headed to Tokyo?

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Based on our 2-star review of A Good Day to Die Hard, it’s clear that (in our opinion) the franchise is running on fumes. Domestically, the movie was something of a flop ($67 million on a $90+ million budget), but international earnings were huge ($235 million), meaning that Fox (which, like many other studios, is showing greater favor to the international market) has good incentive to move forward with the sixth film.

Well, today comes word that Die Hard 6 is at least moving into the pre-production phase. The next installment apparently has the working title of Die Hardestand we have reports about the screenwriter who has been tapped to pen the film, as well as some early plot details.

Total Film has the exclusive about Die Hardest, which is apparently being scripted by Ben Trebilcook. If the name is unfamiliar: Trebilcook is currently working on a martial-arts-meets-video games movie called Knockout, and the producer of that film tapped the relatively untested young filmmaker to write Die Hard 6.

The plot details we know so far are that Die Hardest will once again take place predominately overseas –  shifting from NYC to Tokyo. This would mean that John McClane (Bruce Willis) would get a chance to kill bad guys of a whole new nationality – while still leaving room for him to crack many America-centric jokes, as well as making crass cultural observations like how Japanese dudes can’t take a punch, or how some femme fatale isn’t acting like a proper little Geisha. You know the drill by now.

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“In Russia, You do not Die Hard – Hard Die YOU!”

Things are only in the script treatment stage at the moment, which leaves the studio plenty of room to scrap the project at low cost, should they fail to convince Willis and franchise producer Alex Young to sign off. For his part, however, Trebilcook seems hopeful that his work will be up to par:

It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It’s also a very plausible storyline… [There’s] the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second. Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise.

…Hopefully that Rocky Balboa reference means that he’s writing the closing chapter to this worn out story (ZING!).

Would you like to see John McClane take on Tokyo? Or is it time for this entire franchise to just go ahead and ‘Die Hard?’


We’ll keep you updated on the status of Die Hardest as more news comes to light.

Source: Total Film

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  1. Oh an some how I think Al jr should be in this 1….just saying!!

  2. The 1st blew the windows out of LA, 2 did some lamer stuff s9mewhere else but a building, 3 was a bad aßed revival then 4 was a creeper of a redemption…. all crushed by the only foreign soiled Die Hard(like an Asian Coen Bros. film) as 5, but if they do a reversal on the Nokatomi(sp?) location, it at least makes sense where Russia could’ve been Germany, but 3 sorta overdid the other brother idea. Might as well go to the origin of the business deals in LA. NY was crushed, LA long gone, Washington, wherever 2 took place(in the air,) HEY, MAYBE IN SPACE!? That “Yippie Ky Ay(sp again?) Mutha Russia” poster pee’d off any true fan, but “Yipee Ki’aye Mother Ship!!!(ers?) might do a good ID3 tie in for a cros over space race. No, maybe “Yipee Ky’AYE MATE” ‘ers could go down under? Now that would be as stupid as Russia!
    P.O.: can you believe they are using that crappy John McClane jr. Actor as John Connor in the Terminator reboot?! (s)

  3. They should have Mc Tiernan directing it. It’s the only way the franchise will go back to it’s roots. And the “Al Junior” idea is good! But the secret is to have a very good actor as villain, and John McClane should win because his experience, not because he can parkour at his age. Leave that to the younger actors.

  4. nice non bias article.
    series is a bit worn but doesn’t warrant your negative views.
    Take it for what it is.ENTERTAINMENT
    Like it or not, you know you’ll still go see it, if even to just give more critcism
    If you rally don’t want to see it then don’t. Find something that you can and will enjoy. Spend less time in your life being a critic

  5. I love Bruce Willis in Die Hard Series.

    I don’t know why you are down on this series?

    I use it to get back into hand to hand combat skills.

    Along with a new found interest in paint ball combat!

    Die Hard is the way that I know to get into Tip top shape!

  6. i love die hard the movies ive got 1-5 plus i hope you can make another die hard 6 please by Matthew whelan

  7. I would like to see it start off in a building and end on a super fast bullet train, like the ones in Japan. This movie is called Die Hardest, so it should be hard, fast, and believeable, like the first film, not like the ridiculous sequels. He should be in pain and he should hurt and feel for others, perhaps saving his children in this one as well. Just my 2 cents, sorry for the rant.