Die Hard: Year One?

I was just looking at some websites, nothing is ever updated on the weekends and I realized it has been a while since I had looked on Moviehole.net and decided to check to see what they have. Every now and then they have something that the other rumor sites don’t have. They mentioned that a new Naked Gun movie was going to go direct to home video, not using Leslie Nelson, but a new person, and I don’t remember if I posted that, but I it intrigued me that they would have something that the other sites didn’t grab ahold of. They have a lot of the things the other ones do have, but then there is this, a Die Hard prequel.

The link scared me at first, I was like “OH NO!” what are they doing? And then I kept reading and found that it was a comic book. Now, I have no problem with this idea, it actually sounds really good, and if I remember to look it up around the time that it comes out, I’ll probably pick it up to give it a read.

If you continue through the article, it also has a mention of a possible TV series that would take place 12 months before what happens in the first movie. I honestly always felt that 24 was a Die Hard ripoff seeing that John McClaine had been taking terrorists out for a far longer period of time then the main character in 24. But to be fair to 24, I’ve never really watched the series. But summer is coming up and we do tend to get whole seasons worth of shows during the TV series-less summer season.

Here is the article from Moviehole.net:

Die Hard Prequel!

Author: Clint Morris    Date: Friday, May 29th, 2009 Time: 1:02 am

John McClane is returning…. he’ll just be a little more animated than usual (if that’s possible).

Twentieth Century Fox is rewinding the clock on the “Die Hard” series inking a deal with BOOM to release a prequel comic. The first issue hits stands in August.

Here’s the synopsis for “Die Hard : Year One”, courtesy Comics Continuum :

“Every great action hero got started somewhere: Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McClane, more than a decade before the first DIE HARD movie, he’s just another rookie cop, an East Coast guy working on earning his badge in New York City during 1976’s Bicentennial celebration. Too bad for John McClane, nothing’s ever that easy.”

Sounds good. And I really like the idea. I’m not a big comics-fan (I know, I know… what am I doing running a geek portal?!), but this is one I’d probably pick up… or plead the distributor to send me a review copy of (probably more the case; cheapskate I am).

Funnily enough, I recently spoke to a writer whose been pitching Fox a “Die Hard” TV series – one which, like the comic, fixes on McClane pre-Nakatomi Plaza. But instead of traveling back as far as 1976, it’s actually set the twelve months before the events of the first film.

I’ve read some outlines for what would be the first season, and browsed the character breakdowns, and it’s actually quite cool. I’d watch the show. All they’d need is a great young McClane (if Benjamin McKenzie weren’t busy with “Southland” he’d be terrific; and we know he looks good in a wife-beater).

Still, I don’t know where the TV series (which I believe was titled ‘McClane’ at one stage) is at, or whether or not it’s even been picked up, just saying it’s a nifty idea. Maybe the comic will help push it along? Wouldn’t surprise me if it pops up on Fox’s radar in the near future… if it hasn’t already.

One thought on “Die Hard: Year One?

  1. Mike says:

    If you’re looking for great action during the summer, Burn Notice is worth checking out. I’ve probably mentioned it before. 🙂

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