The Die Hard series is in desperate need of an intervention. “Your first three movies are all great to very good. But I can’t support the decisions you made in Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. No one wants to see John McClane: One-Man Wrecking Crew. We miss the old you, John McClane: Reluctant Hero, and want to see you get better. Without Justin Long.”
There’s going to be a sixth Die Hard, which will reportedly “feature flashbacks to McClane’s days as a rough and tumble New York City cop in 1979.” Details beyond that are scarce, unless producers go with the idea pitched by writer Eric D. Wilkinson in a full-page ad he took out in the Hollywood Reporter.
It’s not half-bad.
Die Hard: Year One would open on a 60-year-old McClane being sent to prison. Before audiences know what he did, the film flashes back to the 1970s, when he accidentally lets a suspect in a murder case get away. We fast-forward back to the present, and while McClane is still in Russia after the pointless events of A Good Day to Die Hard, “the body of that suspect is discovered along with DNA evidence pointing to… John McClane.” *Inception noise*
You can read the rest of Wilkinson’s pitch here, but the general idea is that while McClane’s in prison, rioters take over the joint and he’s the only one who can stop them. Trapping our tired hero in a building is a nice throwback to the original, and would probably inspire better reviews than these.
Give that motherf*cker Wilkinson a shot. What’s the worst that can happen? (The answer: A Good Day to Die Hard, and it already happened.)
(Via the AV Club)