John Moore To Direct 'Die Hard 5'; Search For 'Red 2' Helmer Begins

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 31, 2011 10:03 AM
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Well, the long search is over for a director to take on "Die Hard 5" and the result is pretty anti-climatic. While Noam Murro was initially going to direct, he bailed to go do “300: Battle of Artemisia” instead. And while a shortlist developed of interesting but unlikely names like Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn, Bruce Willis has settled on "Max Payne" director John Moore to guide the fifth installment of the tired franchise.

In a lot of ways, the choice makes sense. None of the far-more-established names above would deign to come in for number five on an aging franchise, and Moore, who hasn't done anything since 'Payne' and whose CV is peppered with middling accomplishments like "The Omen," "Flight of the Phoenix" and "Behind Enemy Lines," arrives with action experience and likely a very affordable rate. With three years since his last effort, he'll roll over pretty easily to whatever demands Willis or the studio wants in regards to the production of the film. It's win-win for everybody except the audience. Deadline says folks like Gary Fleder ("Runaway Jury"), Paul McGuigan ("Lucky Number Slevin") and Mikael Hafstrom were also being considered, but Moore won the demanding Willis over with promises of practical effects versus CGI nonsense.

Written by Skip Woods (”X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), "Die Hard 5" will apparently involve McClane battling local forces in Russia with his two sons in what we're guessing will be a movie that will hope to keep the franchise alive with two younger names. It's a pretty awful idea, but after "Die Hard 4.0XPVirusInTheCloud" or whatever that was, thing's can't get much worse, can they? At the very least, they should listen to Michael Scott's keen observations about the franchise thus far. But anyway, this isn't the only old-people action movie Willis is getting off the ground.

Last year's "Red," in which its elderly cast powered it to just under $200 million worldwide, is getting its inevitable sequel. But with director Robert Schwentke busy with "R.I.P.D.," a search for a helmer has started. The first name being mentioned is Breck Eisner, the man responsible for "The Crazies" and "Sahara." For fuck's sake guys, we can do better than that, can't we? It's still early in the game for that one so expect a fistful of more names to surface before Willis eventually decides. No word yet on the script for this or when production is being geared up to shoot, but Willis is busy enough for the time being. He's expected to go to yet another senior action movie, taking a role in "The Expendables 2," which should start shooting any day now.

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7 Comments

  • Jeffmc2000 | September 1, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    So Fox entrusts one of it's biggest franchises to a guy whose entire filmography consists of one medium budget sleeper followed by three critically panned box office failures.
    You know, in most jobs, you screw up three times in a row you don't get a promotion.

  • Carly Cavallari | September 1, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    I hope that the main villain's name will be Greg Pope which was originally going to be the name of the main villain in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) before they changed it to Thomas Gabriel.
    It would be good if they include Holly Gennaro and John "Jack" McClane, Jr. and hopefully conclude the series.
    In addition, I want to see Bruce Willis do another movie with Tom Hanks after only having one scene together in Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). They are both incredible actors and it would be amazing to see them bounce off each other in a film again.

  • Christopher Bell | August 31, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    What does action man think of this.....

  • Mike | August 31, 2011 11:53 AMReply

    They should do us all a favour, and just reboot the entire franchise.

    Please. Set this one outside of the current Die Hard universe, take someone else for the lead (Joel McHale or an unknown, preferably), get Willis to be a Producer, give him a cameo role, and call it a day.

    Oh, and for God's sakes, don't call it Die Hard. Give it an entirely new name...

  • nemkes | August 31, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    if you wanna make fun off at leist do it right-he will have one son,not two...idiot!!

  • Mark | August 31, 2011 10:45 AMReply

    Fox ignore ancient Chinese proverb: 'Only John McTiernan make good Die Hard movie'

    But John Moore? Bruce Willis is on crack. Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen remake and Max Payne are four of the worst movies i've seen. Fox and Willis need to watch Julian Gilbey's A Lonely Place To Die and hire him to make a new Die Hard, that's what the series needs, a hungry up-and-comer not an over-the-hill burnout.

  • Donny Wahls | August 31, 2011 10:44 AMReply

    From the looks of John Moore, i'm betting on-set catering is going to be absolutely off the chain.

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