Noam Murro had been attached to direct Die Hard 5 since June, taking over for Live Free or Die Hard’s Len Wiseman, who’s now directing a Total Recall remake starring Colin Farrell. But Murro recently had to leave the project in order to work on the 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artimisia. BUT FEAR NOT, DEAR READER! THAT WON’T STOP HOLLYWOOD’S PLANS FOR DIE HARD NUMBER WHATEVER THIS IS!
Who will take the helm in his place? Nothing is definite yet but our sources tell us that John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne) has been told that the film is essentially his to take or leave.
While the directing situation on Die Hard 5 is not yet clear we do have the first real plot details for the picture. In keeping with the trend of each Die Hard movie being larger than the last the fifth installment is going to move into international territory. Our sources tell us Die Hard 5 will be set largely in Russia with John McClane accompanied there by his son and the two drawn into a conflict with local forces. Cue multi-generational wisecracking. [Twitch]
Just to recap, the director of the previous unnecessary sequel left to do an unnecessary remake, and then his replacement left to do an unnecessary sequel. And now the unnecessary sequel to the last unnecessary sequel will probably be left in the hands of a guy who last directed a universally-pannedadaptation of a videogame. And people say Hollywood’s out of ideas.
I remember Ben Stiller making fun of Die Hard when Ben Stiller still had a show on MTV.