Enterprising Fan Takes Out Full Page Ad for His ‘Die Hard’ Pitch

By November 12, 2015

Back a month or so ago, the internet was set ablaze when producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard 4 director Len Wiseman announced plans for a Die Hard sequel/prequel. Yeah, I was confused by the prequel-sequel idea as well. Apparently, the movie will tell dual stories of a young John McClane in the 70’s intercut with the John McClane of today. I don’t know if they are going to Benjamin Button Bruce Willis’ face on a younger body or if they will just cast a young look alike. Either way, the movie is, apparently, happening – even though Len Wiseman’s Twitter account saw a ton of hate after he tweeted out the Die Hard: Year One logo.

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Screen shot 2015-11-11 at 5.35.41 PMThis all leads to an interesting story making the rounds. Apparently, there is a fan out there that is also uninterested in anything to do with a Die Hard prequel, unless of course it’s his idea for a prequel.

Have to give props to Collider and The Playlist for alerting (and transcribing) some of this story. For you see, there’s a man out there looking to bring the franchise back to the basics. And he is so serious he spent his own hard earned cash to take out a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter.

The man is Eric D. Wilkinson, and he is no stranger to Hollywood having produced and written his own movies. Movies such as Sparks and Mischief Night to name but two, and the only two I could find online. Still, it really doesn’t matter. Since there is no real news of a writer or script for Len Wiseman’s Die Hard prequel/sequel, Wilkinson went ahead with his full page ad, detailing the story he has in mind.  You can see a version of it in the following tweet:

And here is the transcription thanks to The Playlist:

Former hero cop John McClane, 60 years old and beat to shit, is a convicted felon, being carted off to a Federal prison. Why?

Flashback to 1979, where 24-year-old New York City Patrol Officer John McClane is part of a team of cops assigned to investigate the murder of 6-year-old Ethan Peller, working under the direction of an up-and-coming Detective Stan Winshaw. Strong police work leads McClane to suspect possible sex trafficker Clarence Sutton, who mysteriously vanishes moments before McClane can make the arrest. The rule-breaking McClane and his superior Winshaw butt heads. The trail goes cold and the case is never solved. When McClane makes unprovable accusations about Winshaw he is transferred to the city’s bleakest division.

34 years later, Detective John McClane takes a personal leave and heads to Moscow to help his estranged son, who is being tried in a Russian court. While McClane is out of the country, the remains of Clarence Sutton are discovered, not only with DNA evidence linking Sutton to the murder of Ethan Peller, but additional evidence that ties John McClane to Sutton’s killing.

Upon McClane’s return from Russia, he is arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of Clarence Sutton. He is given a 30 year prison sentence in ADX Florence, an ultra-maximum-security, or ”supermax” prison which houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the country, including Omar Al-Maqdisi and Abdul bin Saeed, masterminds of the two worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

Following the Russian adventure, John had successfully reunited his family and reconnected with his wife Holly. Now, while he serves his sentence, Holly has been spending all of her time and effort on his appeal – especially once new evidence surfaces which may not only exonerate McClane, but also implicate Stan Winshaw (now a decorated police Captain) who may have framed John for the murder of the suspect they were chasing nearly forty years ago. However the day Holly goes to the prison to deliver this news personally to John, a riot breaks out, and before she can safely leave, the prison is put on lockdown.
But this is no ordinary prison riot.

By nightfall, inmates control the facility, holding Holly McClane and many other hostages. We soon learn that the riot itself was a distracting subterfuge… part of a plan to break both Al-Maqdisi and bin Saeed out of prison so they can help complete a horrific new terrorist attack in New York City.

However the one thing the terrorists didn’t count on was the one man who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time… And when it comes to John McClane, old habits die hard.

As of now, there is no word on whether or not Bruce Willis, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and/or Len Wiseman have seen the pitch (or if they are even interested). What we do know is this is real, and that the writer, when asked how much he spent on the ad, would only comment that it was in the thousands. Time will tell whether his gamble paid off.

As for my opinion, I am not crazy about the idea. I think it’s a misstep to put McClane in jail, innocent or otherwise. It also seems a bit forced to have his wife there at the prison at the exact time everything goes down. And the idea of a supermax prison is not something I would want to see… but I am merely one person.

Will keep you updated on this new pitch and whether or not the powers that be will bite. Meantime, I’m interested in knowing what the nation thinks of, not only this idea, but of the way in which Wilkinson went about getting it out there. The way in which he did takes some guts and ingenuity and for that, I applaud him.

Make sure you check back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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  • KeithAdams

    Now why I can’t I pitch something like this?