The Conjuring scribes, Chad and Carey Hayes have been picked up by 20th Century Fox to give the new Die Hard movie a rewrite.

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.

No story details have been confirmed, but word on the street says the film looks set to be an origin story where we see a younger actor portray McClane as 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 bee reported that the project will have a Die Hard: Year One type of feel, in reference to Frank Miller’s comic book Batman: Year One.

Also in the news – Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar

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. 

The franchise has gone on to produce a number of video games, and a comic book, and later in 2017 was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

The Hayes brothers have co-written House of Wax, The Reaping, Whiteout and Amblin’s upcoming haunted house movie The Turning starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince. Rumour has it they will also be writing Journey to the Center of the Earth 4.