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First Die Hard: Year One Details Emerge

Yipee Ki-yay, mother****er! I know. Who wants another Die Hard film? God knows many fans love the first three, but the ones that came out in the 2000s and beyond are a little less than beloved by fans. As of this writing, there are five films in the franchise, the last two of which really seemed to let the steam out of the whole thing. But since when has that ever stopped Hollywood going forward with another film?

If you haven’t heard, the next project in development is Die Hard: Year One, which is set to be both a prequel and a sequel, incorporating a modern Bruce Willis John McClane with a younger John McClane portrayed through flashbacks. Apart from that main premise, details have been quite sparse in the time since the movie came to our attention.

Franchise vet Len Wiseman, who helmed Live Free or Die Hard is involved with Die Hard: Year One as director, and while at the TV Critics Association press tour, revealed some details about the upcoming film.

For starters, it looks like the movie will involve John McClane’s wife Holly Gennero, as Wiseman stated there will be a young version of the character and “there may very well be a reunion. Could this mean we could see Bonnie Bedelia reprise her role in the present day?

Wiseman is aware of two major mistakes made in Live Free or Die Hard. One is that it was PG-13 — they already rectified that mistake in A Good Day to Die Hard (though that didn’t help the movie much) — and the other was that they moved forward too soon on Live Free.

Die Hard’s going to be happening fairly soon. No dates. I’ve been asked about dates before and I’m always wrong. The date is when the script is right which is when we all want to go. The script has taken quite a long time. I want it to be right, as everybody does. The truth is we started prepping Live Free or Die Hard when the script was not ready. That process of working on the script as we were shooting the movie is not the funnest thing in the world to do. We pulled it together but nobody wants to go through that again.”

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Probably a good idea, and Wiseman went on to say that having a good script is a sign of the times.

“I think it’s also more so than any other time, [the script]’s very important. We’ve seen it all. We’ve seen a lot. I think even, say, 10 years ago, I think studios in general were a little bit more willing to put movies like that, franchise movies into production with a sense of ‘we’ll continue to work on the script.’ I think that attitude has changed.”

Sounds smart. As a side note, one thing I think needs to change is McClane as a character. He’s too much of a badass these days, and in those last two films, he really didn’t have the odds stacked against him. Instead, he was kind of an unstoppable force that had his s**t together too much. Part of the charm of those first three films was the “Ah, dammit, why me?” attitude he brought to it.

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SOURCE: SlashFilm

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