By Edward Davis | The Playlist November 20, 2013 at 6:06PM
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.