‘Die Hard 6′ Writer Reveals Story Ties to Original Film & Returning Characters

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Earlier in the year we brought you the report that in light of A Good Day to Die Hard‘s box office success, the producer of the film had tapped up-and-coming screenwriter Ben Trebilcook (Knockout) to pen the sixth installment in the franchise, titled Die Hardest. At the time, the only real story detail we had was that John McClane (Bruce Willis) would be headed to Tokyo – but today, thanks to a new interview with Trebilcook, we have some interesting new facts about the film to share.

…The most interesting being Die Hardest‘s connection to the original Die Hard movie, as well as some returning character who could make an appearance (if only briefly).

What Culture spoke to Trebilcook, who dropped this tidbit about the premise for Die Hard 6:

Hmm, what can I say? What can I say? What am I allowed to say? OK, without spoiling too much, I can say that McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives, celebrating this on the 30th anniversary of the Naktatomi Hostage Crisis. It’s by no means Black Rain. Perhaps has a slight Rising Sun type tone. It’s also not a double-act buddy-buddy story. McClane began on his own and should end on his own. Of course he’s had assistance in various guises, aiding him in his ventures; but it’s not Lethal Weapon or a Jackie Chan film.

I think most Die Hard fans would agree that the best sequel so far has probably been Die Hard: With a Vengeance, a film that drew its plot directly from the events of the first installment. While that fun factoid may have no bearing (at all) on the chances for Die Hard 6 to be a success, the superstitious part of me wants to believe that it absolutely does. The fact that the premise of part 6 seems logical at all makes this a standout from more recent installments – and Trebilcook buys himself quite a bit of street cred with his statement that John McClane should be a solo act in his own movie – something we haven’t truly seen since the second film, Die Harder.

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Indeed, Trebilcook’s instincts about McClane seem pretty spot-on, as evidenced by his explanation of where Die Hardest finds the character:

McClane is a gunslinger. A now retired, worn-out, tired, busted and broken cowboy. Everything he’s been through has to be taken into account. Yes, it’s a movie, but he isn’t invincible. He was never Bond. That’s what was so appealing to me with Bruce’s character. He got hurt. I see the first one as a drama with elements of action. It took its time to set up the story and unfold great characters. I believe I got that and also what I call ‘the hose-reel moment’.

You know, when McClane, in the first Die Hard leaped off the building with a fire hose, before it went kaboom; in the second, he ejects himself from the plane when he’s surrounded by grenades and in the third, he’s shot out the tunnel, through the air with a gush of water. I’ve got that ‘hose-reel moment’, as well as that cringing ‘glass pulling from the feet’ type scene. Man, that gets me every time. Pursued by bad guys; does he face them and die, or retreat, barefoot, across broken glass? THEN picks out itty bitty shards from his cut feet.

That sort of reverence is a far cry from the generic superman version of McClane that we’ve come to know – and the reverence doesn’t stop at McClane, as Trebilcook reveals that he is also going to be tapping one of Die Hard: With a Vengeance‘s most beloved elements:

A few Japanese fans on Twitter put two and two together when I uploaded a picture of a Katana (Samurai Sword) with some kanji reading ‘Zeus’. Yes, I’ve written Zeus Carver in for Samuel L Jackson. Like I said before, it’s not a buddy-buddy script, but you can’t ignore him. Zeus played a major part in McClane’s life. They went through a lot together. They would certainly, without a doubt, still be in contact.

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For more from Trebilcook – including other returning characters, a different type of action, more story details, the tao of McClane and why HE may have invented Lara Croft – head on over to What Culture.


Die Hardest is still taking shape, with no announced plans for production quite yet. Stay tuned.

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  1. John mcclane had fateful experience with his 2 children, Lucy and john in die hard series. How about his ex wife? A story could be — that his ex wife married someone who is involved or a big boss of syndicate…. Just bursted out from my mind… Anyway, looking forward to DIE HARDEST.. MORE POWER!

  2. Die Hardest? Why not ‘Old Habits Die Hard’

    • I like it man why not Old Habits Die Hard So Much Better Then Did Hardest!!!
      I am very DISAPPOINTED!!!!! In the name if you couldn’t tell.

    • I emailed Fox a while back after seeing the fifth installment and posted all over saying that the last installment be ‘old habits die hard’ obviously no response from Fox or any producer of the series shame such a good name glad I’m not the only one who thought of it!

  3. What about Al? I think he would be a great addition the the movie

  4. Bruce Willis should go up against Arnold Schwarzenegger in this one. Arnold should be a Gruber in this last one since he worked with John Mctiernan twice same with Bruce Willis. Plus bruce and arnold are good lifelong pals and worked together in the expendables movies. So I found out from manly movie about the spec script for this. And I like it. Ironically the die hard franchise was made for Arnold before Bruce got it.

  5. I disagree, I think most fans count Live Free or Die Hard as the best follow up in the franchise.

    • No, no they don’t, unless they’re about 13 years old. It’s obviously the fourth worst one!

      • Nope, you’re very wrong, try again. The 4th recieved high critical acclaim from most reviews and is the best reviewed sequel.

        You must be 12 judging from your angry, tantrum like attitude.

    • Every one of them, but 3 and 5.

  6. Why is it not called Old Habits Die Hard?

    • Or just “Yippee ki-yay Mother f*****.” Blasphemous language wins.

  7. I hope to see Family Matters, Reginald VelJohnson and long golden haired Germans in the next installment.

  8. This is interesting cause a return to the old story lines would be great. I was thinking while watching the last one that this isn’t Die Hard. Die Hard is John McClane doing whatever he had to do to save his family, or his city, or his friends. I would truly think that he wouldn’t go to Russia to find his son and help him. He would allow his son to be a man and discover what life is like on his own. It was different in Live Free cause he was forced into a situation that he was unprepared for or expecting like the first 3 movies. He didn’t look for trouble, trouble found him. In a Good Day he brought trouble on himself. So yeah a movie that has Zeus (Jackson) in it along with his ex wife and kids would be a great way to END IT. That would be a fitting way to end the story. The way I would imagine it is Holly and John were asked to Tokyo as mentioned above to commemorate the Nakatomi heist and subsequent fall out. John is retired, his son is an FBI detective and he was living happily as a retired former cop in NY. He goes at the egging of his daughter Lucy in the hopes they can coexist as a family. So he goes and all is well, Holly and him reconnect the kids are happy. Then theres an explosion and in the commotion Lucy and Holly are taken. Apparently there had been a bounty on their families heads since the Nakatomi heist. The Yakuza had privately funded the heist by Hans and while their reasoning as to why they hadn’t retaliated up to this point is unclear they used the celebration as a way to extract their revenge on their family. Or they secretly plotted and waiting until this time to use the celebration as a way to get their revenge. Then John and his son together can try to get them back. And so on. What do u all think? Any changes or suggestions?

  9. I would love to see Samuel L. Jackson return to the Die Hard franchise! His character, Zeus, was awesome in the third installment! A few actors that I’d love to see in the next installment are:

    Denzel Washington – President of the United States
    Bonnie Bedelia – Holly McClane
    Reginald VelJohnson – Al Powell
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Lucy McClane
    Justin Long – Matt Farrell
    Kevin Smith – Frederick “Warlock” Kaludis
    Arnold Schwarzenegger – Main Villian

  10. Tarantino should direct the next Die Hard.

  11. Actually most consider Live Free or Die Hard the best sequel. It’s also the highest rated sequel on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

    • Agreed………

    • Possible titles:-
      Die Hardest
      Old Habits Die Hard
      Die Hard 6:A Good Day To Live Free Or Die Harder With A Vengeance

  12. They’re always trying to come up with a miracle formula for the latest installments. They should keep in mind the character John Mcclane isn’t someone who goes on missions to try and find the bad guy, he is someone who thrust upon terrible situations and deals with them the best he can. He is jsimply someone who survives in the most probable manner, well most probable for a movie.

  13. Fist it is said “Die Hard fans would agree that the best sequel so far has probably been Die Hard: With a Vengeance”; afterwards, “John McClane should be a solo act in his own movie – something we haven’t truly seen since the second film, Die Harder”.
    Really? Who’s McClane sidekick in part 2? The janitor? His wife? Carmine?

  14. If this movie is anything like Max Payne 3 or Man on Fire I will be happy.

    When we found McClane in 3 he was a washed up drunk, I’d have prefered for him to stay that way. The reluctant hero thing is very good with mid life crisis/alcoholic added on top.

    I very much imagined he’d have retired and gone to like Rio or somewhere to be a body gaurd. That way you don’t have to deal with lucy or his wife or anyone.

    John McClane as a fish out of water can work, I mean it didn’t in Die Hard 5, but try it again where he’s on his own, or just propbably a better director and it will be awesome. The thing that makes him awesome is the wrong place/wrong time deal and also he is HUMAN!

    Die hard 4 was very good, the action scenes are the best I’ve seen, very kinetic, but it took away from the human element. By 4 he was a super hero, it was like the whole world was in flames but there stands McClane with a small cut on his cheek.

    Go back to him being a real person where the odds were stacked against him! The first and third movies should be the inspiration! The glass in his feet! Comeon man we don’t just want to see crazy stunts! We want to see our average Joe go through crazy stunts, coming out hurt and beat up and not liking any second of it and making sarcastic jokes all the way through!

    If you follow through the theme of the first movie, he should be depressed making more sarcastic jokes. Becasuse, he REALLY doesn’t want to be there. Every joke should be nihilistic and pessimistic as f***. John McClane doesn’t ant to be there. Follow through with that theme!

    You could have any cliched boring action movie story as long as we see McClane being McClane and wishing he was somewhere else and making slghlty deprressing yet funny sarcastic quips and we’ll love it! We want to be with McClane the whole way through as if we could go through this and WE would beat the odds. Not some invincible superhero that defeats Jets with Trucks and can fall out of a building and have the scaffolding save him. I mean… you could have all that, but show it realisticly (or somewhat realisticly) and it’s f****** sold! Box office sold out. omg I’m going to bed.