John Moore To Helm ‘Die Hard 5′; Director Being Sought For ‘Red 2′

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He may have turned 56 this year, but Bruce Willis is still the (deadly) cowboy onscreen. New installments in two Willis-centric action movie franchises – Die Hard 5 and Red 2 – are likewise more than alive and well, with the studios behind both projects eying a production start date sometime in the next year.

The search is still on for a helmer to call the shots on the sequel to last year’s surprise hit comic book flick, Red; however, John McClane’s fifth crazy adventure has officially snagged a director.

Deadline is reporting that John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines) has begun final negotiations to call the shots on Die Hard 5, taking over the director’s chair left vacant by Noam Murro (who is helming 300: Battle of Artemisia instead) – and beating out the likes of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and Nicolas Wending Refn (Drive), who were on the director’s wish list. So was Justin Lin, but he admitted to passing on the project a couple of weeks ago.

Word leaked about a month ago that the Die Hard 5 directing job was Moore’s to take or leave; apparently, the one who needed convincing was Willis, who liked Moore’s appreciation for the McClane character and knack for shooting “practical, non-CGI-heavy action scenes” that have long been a part of the Die Hard franchise. Yes, even the scene where McClane destroys a helicopter with a car in Live Free or Die Hard was partially done using practical tools.

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Fans who have yet to be pleased by anything Moore has directed – be it the generally-despised Max Payne video game movie adaptation or his remakes of Flight of the Phoenix and The Omen -¬†probably won’t be rallying behind the man just yet. Moore is less an auteur and more just a director-for-hire, which is surely a reason he ended up being hired on for the fifth Die Hard – and also why it’s best to not dismiss him yet, based on his previous films.

Die Hard 5 is being scripted by Skip Woods, who also wrote the intentionally preposterous A-Team movie – which ended up being a surprisingly slam-bang popcorn flick. So between his involvement and the rumored premise for the new Die Hard, this sequel could be fun (if only for the joy of watching¬†McClane clash with Russian officials over “proper police protocol”).


Red 2

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Red screenwriting duo Erich and Jon Hoeber were hired on last year to pen a sequel to the “retired and extremely dangerous” action-comedy flick, which Summit wants to start production on by 2012. The problem is that Red director Robert Schwentke will be working on another comic book adaptation, R.I.P.D., for the good portion of next year. So, the search for a replacement director to helm Red 2 is on.

In its report about Moore securing the Die Hard 5 job, Deadline mentions that Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) has been touted as a possible candidate, but that several other yet-to-be-disclosed filmmakers are also being looked at. Since he won’t be busy with the fifth Die Hard flick, Joe Cornish also sounds like a nice fit for the Red sequel’s mix of humor and kick-ass action set pieces – but that’s just us throwing his name out there.

The original Red movie adaptation was well-directed and benefited from having can’t-miss stars like Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, and Brian Cox (plus, hammy-but-fun John Malkovich) onboard. So, all things considered, it might not be bad if this sequel ends up being put on hold long enough for Schwentke to finish R.I.P.D. and return as director.

Plus, with Willis slated to appear in Die Hard 5, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Expendables 2, and possibly even Kane & Lynch (assuming that pic lands a new director soon) in the immediate future, he might not be free to appear in Red 2 for a while now anyway.

Die Hard 5 is apparently still being eyed for a 2012 theatrical release, but don’t be surprised if it ends up being pushed back to 2013.

We will keep you posted on the status of Red 2 as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wow. They couldn’t get a worst director could they?

    Live Free or Die Hard was a watered down and pointless movie.

    It tarnished the first three and well, I’m not happy.

    • Why, because he didn’t say the “f-word?” *gasp* What are we, 15? If you’re actually talking about how enjoyable and well made the movies are, then you’d realize that the 2nd Die Hard was BY FAR the worst one out of the 4, not the the 4th one… That movie was just a sequel for the sake of being a sequel… Complete with references to the first movie and all… *shakes head*

      • wait a second I think all the DH movies are good

      • Well said.

        DH2 was terrbile in every way possible BUT f you dude he shoulda said the f word.

      • This director RUINED the franchise and should be blacklisted from Hollywood. Read any of the reviews on IMDB and you’ll see that the haters are in the VAST majority.

        • Wait, why was his name changed?? My notification said his name was “Ken J is a moron.” I liked that one more… :’(

          • @Ken J – Sorry, I don’t particularly like people calling our readers morons. :)

            Paul Young – Moderator

            • LOL, alright, fine, I just thought it was funny… :-P

              It takes a lot to get under my skin. I think it’s hilarious when people try to insult me…

              • @Ken J – Yeah I know :D


    • …. dude!! live free or die hard was an awesome movie!! had plenty of action u clearly have poor taste in movies

    • the 4th one was the actually the best of the 3 sequels. watch it again.

      • Agreed. The 4th one was the best sequel…by far.

  2. John Moore would be a great choice to direct Die Hard 5 but my first choice would be John Hyams.

    Universal Soldier: Regeneration is the best action movie of decade.

    The stunts were done well, the action was good and the fight scenes were just awesome.

    I think Die Hard 5 should be based in Baton Rouge on Christmas just like Die Hard and Die Hard 2 but instead of a skyscraper or a airport, the film should be based on a famous building.

    Maybe the main villain will be Van Damme or Dolph Lundgren because these actors haven’t even change a scene with Willis and it would make history for actions fans for them to be together in a one movie.

  3. Max Payne was awful…

  4. jon, I respect your opinion that my idea was all over the place but can you tell me your best idea for Die Hard 5?

    I am not being rude but I am only asking and also which director would be for the 5th movie.

    So congrats for your insults towards me.

  5. John Moore – seriously? Holy crap – I loved the last Die Hard but this just went on the must miss list. I hated HATED Behind Enemy Lines [hey you know hwo to tel there is action going on on-screen? Oh yeah - he's shaking the camera like a psycho so there MUST be action goign on.]

    I gave him the benefit of the doubt with Max Payne and paid (literally) to see that………. just terrible.

  6. Actually I watch DH 2 everytime it’s on cable. I really don’t think its all that bad , DH 3 was no prize either. Personally I liked Dh 4. Alot of action. I think everyone enjoys the John Mclane character.

  7. Part 1 is of course the most superior, followed by part 3. 2 and 4 are good also. I have liked them all. Bring on part 5! :D

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