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‘Die Hard 6’ May Take John McClane Back To Basics In Japan Where The Franchise Will Hopefully Die By Fiery Death

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by Edward Davis
November 20, 2013 6:06 PM
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Why, why, why? Quick, can you name a franchise that has been driven into the ground worse than the “Die Hard”/John McClane series? You can’t say “Alien” because, as mediocre as “Prometheus” was, it’s still a zillion times better than any of the “AVP” series movies. Jack Ryan sure wasn’t looking healthy last time anyone checked, but that’s why there’s a reboot (scheduled for dumping ground season in January). The “Indiana Jones” series only has one outright disaster (‘Kingdom of Crystal Skulls’) and while there was two terrible “Terminator” films in a row, there were two great ones, and a reboot is on the way. And then you have “Die Hard.” Many will argue two and three were good, and for the sake of argument, let’s agree, but how do you go from the pitiful “Live Free And Die Hard” (PG-13 rating) to the even more intolerable, “A Good Day to Die Hard” (rated R) – easily one of the worst films of 2013? Well, only 20th Century Fox and the producers of those films can help you out there.

And even as “A Good Day To Die Hard” is the lowest-grossing film in the series domestically, it’s actually the third highest grossing of the series worldwide and that kind of bronze medal is apparently enough for everyone to keep going. So yes, a 6th “Die Hard” is coming and you likely knew that. So what’s it about? Well, we don’t want to make too much of it because the writer’s obviously teasing things, but it sounds like there’s going to be a fish-out-of-water vibe in another country thing going on. McClane in Japan? Yep, because McClane in Russia wasn’t original enough, apparently.

“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 Nakatomi Hostage Crisis,” screenwriter Ben Trebilcook told What Culture (via JoBlo). “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.”

Apparently Trebilcook will be taking John McClane “back to basics,” but I’m not even sure what that means, considering how basic and rudimentary the last two “Die Hard” films were.

“A well-known Hollywood director pal of mine is a massive ‘Die Hard fan.’ Huge. He read [my script] and adored it. Having him alone read it and say he liked it was good enough, but saying it ticked so many fan-boxes for him and made him smile and was a keen page-turner, well, if the script doesn’t go anywhere, his comments were winter fuel on these cold, dark, London nights. For me, as a fan, familiarity. I’d be saying ‘Yes!’ throughout particular scenes and smiling fondly with certain lines of dialogue. Some insane action. I’ve tied a lot of things together.”

Congratulations? No date on this one, but we can only hope and pray it somehow gets stuck in development hell for an eternity and we can just move on beyond this tired character.

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16 Comments

  • Pick | February 15, 2014 4:07 AMReply

    No, A Good Day to Die Hard is EASILY the BEST film of 2013 & Easily the Best film in the Die Hard Franchise! and NO! the franchise hasn't been driven into the Ground, it was taken to NEW Heights of Awesomeness that the past films can only Dream of Achieving! NOW YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT EDWARD DAVIS!!! So F##K You!

  • Dev | March 17, 2014 10:29 AM

    Last one was absolutely horrific from the CGI to the plot, hopefully they do bring it back old school with Sam Jackson and do the series justice!

  • Ryo | November 22, 2013 8:27 PMReply

    Have Takeshi Kitano write, direct, and star as a villain, I'd love to watch that.

  • Sebastian | November 21, 2013 9:37 PMReply

    Die Hard With A Vengeance was the best! Absolute brilliance, and quite underrated - The first was fine, but third is best!

  • Kingsley Zissou | November 21, 2013 10:47 AMReply

    This one has to be called Old Habits Die Hard, right?

  • Mia | November 21, 2013 7:38 AMReply

    those movies suck...without bonnie bedelia...

  • cineman | November 21, 2013 4:22 AMReply

    A fan smiling fondly through certain lines of dialogue makes me think he's just lifted beats and phrases from previous outings to reuse in an irritating self-referential nod and wink to the camera type way in substitute for fresh, original beats and phrases. Hard 6: Dying Inside

  • josh | November 21, 2013 4:06 AMReply

    So what are we going to call this one? Die Hardest?
    Get Rich or Die Hard Trying? The Day They All Died Hard?

  • josh | November 21, 2013 4:04 AMReply

    So what are we going to call this one? Die Hardest?
    Get Rich or Die Hard Trying? The Day They All Died Hard?

  • bwaters | November 21, 2013 12:42 AMReply

    So they actually have a script? That's better than the last three or four! Now if they hire a director we might actually have a movie!

  • Chris | November 20, 2013 8:37 PMReply

    The Rambo series is pretty bad as well.

  • RNL | November 20, 2013 8:23 PMReply

    I'd presume "back to basics" means the story is anchored in a single location, like the first film (and to a lesser extent the second), as opposed to the all-over-the-map fourth film.

  • Sebastian | November 20, 2013 7:58 PMReply

    It's too late! They'd need to bring back 'John McTiernan' (if he's out of jail) - but even then - the whole legacy... has been soured beyond disrepute. And who is the man chiefly to blame... ole Brucy Willis!! All he cares about now is the money! And not a stuff regarding character or maintaining quality control in his 'own' franchise... Talk about laziness, and contempt for his fans!

  • Duddi | November 20, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    I second your conclusion !!! I mean come on, WTF were they thinkin' with "A Good Day to Die Hard"... It should have been called "A Good Day to Suck Hard"... That was terrible, unbelievable what they've done to the franchise with that horrific last entry. So, I think it should better end as soon as possible, cuz now they all are after the cash.

  • Northern Star | November 20, 2013 11:24 PM

    The reason they didn't call it 'A Good Day to Suck Hard' was because with a title like that, they would have had no choice but to put Lindsey Lohan in the lead!!!!

  • Tally | November 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Oh no, the movie business is after cash. Call everyone.

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