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Word is out today that Len Wiseman, director of ‘Underworld’, ‘Underworld: Awakening’, ‘Total Recall’ (the horrid remake) and ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, is in talks to direct Die Hard 6; which is being described as a prequel to the series with a young John McClane becoming a rough and tough cop in the 1970’s along with present elements that would require Bruce Willis’ involvement. And I have to have to emphatically say: NO!
While I was one of the few people that really really enjoyed Wiseman’s ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ I HATED, LOATHED, DESPISED the fifth entry into the series. So much so I wrote about it shortly after seeing ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ back in 2013 in what was probably the longest, angriest, scathing things I’ve ever personally written (Cos Reviews: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’).
For the decision to make this a prequel, or as Dark Horizons is saying a quasi-prequel since there is talk that Bruce Willis would reprise the role for some present day scenes, I am actually going to put the blame on Fox; as I did with the fifth movie. I don’t trust Fox, not with big franchises. Sure they have ‘X-men’, but might I remind everyone of ‘X-men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-men Origins: Wolverine’? Also, they have the new ‘Planet of the Apes’ but does anyone remember the abomination that was the Tim Burton re-imagining?
Let’s not bring up this past summer’s massive failure of ‘Fantastic Four’. They had two options: 1. make a great movie to start a franchise or 2. give the film rights for ‘Fantastic Four’ back to Marvel. They chose the third option, make a crappy movie that was terrible and didn’t make any money.
I’ll say it again, I don’t trust Fox and honestly its no wonder George Lucas chose to sell Lucasfilm to Disney who, from the looks of it, are doing fantastic with their ‘Star Wars’ build prior to the release of ‘The Force Awakens’ in December. It was just recently, like this week, that I was listening to Collider Movie Talk (great video show/podcast) where they we discussing how its seems like Disney (Bob Iger and Alan Horn, the studio heads) understands how to properly build franchises and nurture them they appreciate nostalgia and want to cultivate it into money. I think the same could be said about Universal and how they have three billion dollar movies (‘Furious 7’, ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Minions’), I feel as if its safe to say that Universal, like Disney, has figured out with how to properly produce, resurrect and maintain franchises.
So, the question I have is what happened to the ‘Die Hardest’ rumors that were circulating around a few years ago? I had to do a bit of digging on Google, but the rumor (I Am Rogue has two articles about this rumor) that came out shortly after ‘Good Day’ came out was that the sixth entry into the franchise was going to be called ‘Die Hardest’ and was supposed to be about McClane going to Japan around the 30th anniversary of the Nakatomi building incident from the original movie. I was pretty excited about this just because it brought things right back to the original. Part of me even hoped that there would be some grown up child of Hans Gruber that causes all of the problems, completing the series.
I’m not excited about this, at all, I have had so much love and respect for this series (except for the 5th entry) that it upsetting to see it go done this route. Give this film a proper sequel. Redeem it for that horrible 5th movie. Get Bruce Willis to care about this character at least one more time. Make me proud to say “Yippee-Kay-Yay” again.
Let me know what you all think, am I alone in thinking this? What was your favorite Die Hard movie? Comment below let me know.