Director John Moore Says ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ Will Feature A Humorless John McClane

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by Charlie Schmidlin
July 27, 2012 12:24 PM
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While “The Dark Knight Rises” signaled Christopher Nolan’s latest embrace of humor in the summer action blockbuster, audiences looking for that trend to continue throughout other franchises would be wise to look elsewhere. Another director recently revealed exactly which direction he would take the fifth “Die Hard” installment, “A Good Day To Die Hard,” and it doesn't sound terribly promising.

As questions surrounding the John Moore-helmed film have moved on from the project’s reason for existence to simply how severe the inevitable damage to the franchise will be, the director has shed some light on whether Bruce Willis’ latest adventure will retain the series' trademark humor. "No, because that’s preposterous!” Moore said in an interview with Empire. “I don’t know whether it’s post-financial crash or whatever, but I don’t think people are in the mood for that bollocks anymore. People are well savvy to the cynical reheating of any product, any franchise. Any shit won’t do. The bar’s a bit higher." Strong words, but as more plot details are revealed around John McClane’s Moscow-centric partnership with his son (Jai Courtney) to take down Russian villains (played by Cole Hauser, "The Lives Of Others" star Sebastian Koch and model/actress Yulia Snigir), Moore at least looks to improve on his previous efforts, “Behind Enemy Lines” and “Max Payne.”

Even with his obvious knowledge of the series, Moore continued to explain his approach as though the “Die Hard” films were conceived as comedies first. "There are a couple of great gags and a couple of great McClanisms. It’s not like he's this idiot, bumbling around Moscow making ‘America won the Cold War’ jokes. It’s not 'Carry On Die Hard,' I can assure you…" While of course he shouldn’t discount the section of “Carry On...” fans who love a good action romp, he is also doing a fantastic job of sucking all the air out of his pitch for a worthwhile sequel while he's at it. “Live Free or Die Hard” dipped into self-serious tedium far too often, and with Willis divining into a plot that seems like it was rejected from a “Salt 2” draft, all we can say is that hopefully “Looper” follows through on giving the actor some worthwhile screen time.

Still, with the promise of the film being the most international yet, boasting a “car chase through Moscow that’s taking us 78 days to shoot,” Moore is confident that his film will make the grade, and you can find out for yourself when it hits theaters Valentines’ Day next year. [Empire]

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6 Comments

  • Stacy | February 25, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    I like how he's proud about intentionally ruining the film and franchise.

    This guy is a joke. And John Moore... I read your other interview. Real men eat vegetables. Men who wanna be dead by 45 only eat meat.

  • Burnsy | July 30, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    Bullshit, this is a horrible idea. The fact that McClane was a wiseass is what what the character so like able even with all his problems. I guess he's supposed to be serious in this one because it involves his son. Still a bad idea.

  • Jesse Gallays | July 29, 2012 1:28 AMReply

    Im not bashing the new ideas, but im a huge.. I mean huge die hard fan and i think that mc clanes humor was a big part of why people enjoyed the movies. He was a regular guy with a sense of humor, his one liners and catch phrases may have been cheesy but thats what made his character. I enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard, but to be totally honest i really missed the swearing and bloody violence from the first 3 movies. They hid the signature catch phrase with a gun shot for christ sake. I am not complaining about the new directors view or idea i just hope the film feels like a die hard movie at heart and not a crappy new age action movie with shitty cgi action sequences and watered down profanity... Cheers guys!

  • Jamie Helton | July 27, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    "...the film being the most international yet..."

    That shouldn't be hard to do, considering this is the first of five to take place anywhere but the United States. Sure, two of the previous films featured German bad guys, so you can call that "international" if you want.

    By the way, what is wrong with making a serious film instead of trying to infuse '80s style "humor" (i.e. bad one-liners and cheesy set pieces)? A movie can still be exciting and action-packed without pandering to audiences that just want fluff. For that, there are the "Transformer" flicks.

  • Benjamin | July 27, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    John McClane sounds an awful lot like McCain... could this be conservative Hollywood's response to Nolan's smear campaign against Romney?! I'M GONNA SAY YES.

  • Christian | July 27, 2012 12:33 PMReply

    So, another Hollywood-fabricated, unwanted sequel? No thanks. McClane's humor was what made the original classic work in the first place because it made the action hero protagonist relateable! Hacks...

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