There have been a few titles banded around for the next instalment of the franchise that refuses to die (hard). The day has finally come for an official title and it’s dubbed simple ‘McClane’.
The announcement came via producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura speaking to Empire. di Bonaventura stated;
“We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before. I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce – the idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”
The 6th instalment in the long-running saga is a prequel-sequel, flicking back and forth between Bruce Willis’s 60-year-old McClane and his younger self in his 20’s. 20-year-old McClane will be a regular cop in 1970s New York. Bruce Willis is also set to appear in flashback scenes alongside the heart of the story. It has been reported that the project will have a Die Hard: Year One (which was originally thought to be the title) type of feel, in reference to Frank Miller’s comic book Batman: Year One.
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The heavily debated Christmas franchise which consists of five films had its first outing in 1988 with Die Hard, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The series follows the adventures of John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis), a New York City and Los Angeles police detective who continually finds himself in the middle of violent crises and intrigues where he is the only hope against disaster.
Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) is in place to produce and direct the next instalment in the franchise with Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also taking a producers spot. The Conjuring scribes, Chad and Carey Hayes have penned the script.