Here Are The First Plot Details For The ‘Die Hard’ Prequel

By January 21, 2016
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Remember that Die Hard prequel/sequel we heard about a few months ago? Remember how it felt like something out of a Nightmare on Elm Street movie? This couldn’t possibly be real… right? Yeah, apparently it is, and it’s going to happen – whether we want it to or not. Yes, I know, I feel a little sick about it all too.

But hey, maybe it won’t all be bad right? After all, haven’t you ever wondered what John McClane was like before he arrived at the Nakatomi Tower that fateful night? What were his early days as a cop like? How did he and Holly meet? What? You haven’t wondered that? Oh yeah, right… because no one has. Well, no one except for director Len Wiseman and Bruce Willis apparently.

While speaking recently with Collider, Wiseman revealed what the focus of the film will be, other than ignoring all of the defeaning “NOOOOOSSS” that we screamed when we heard about this news initially:

“After doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce [Willis] and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1. That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy?”

Wiseman continued to elaborate, twisting the knife even further:

“We’ve never seen the actual love story. We know its demise, but we’ve never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in ‘78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.”

But don’t worry! The film will still keep Bruce Willis as John McClane… as if that really even matters at this point:

“The reason I say prequel/sequel is because I wasn’t going to do it without Bruce. I’m also not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick. It’s really working into the plot, with the ‘70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane.”

Oh and in case that wasn’t enough, the past timeline will be taking place on New Years Eve 1979, cause I know you were dying to find out. Wiseman then went on to say what he thinks is necessary in casting a young Bruce Willis:

“It has to be somebody that has the swagger and the confidence, but also the charm, the wit, the charisma and the toughness. It’s asking a lot, especially in somebody that’s younger. It has to feel like the guy owns it, rather than is trying to put it on.”

Just make sure they stop caring about the character sooner or later, that’s what will really make this origin story work. Even though, technically the original Die Hard was John McClane’s origin story because he was just a normal guy up until that point, and what made him such a bad ass because nothing even remotely interesting had happened to him beforehand. Unless you’re going to tell me that he had already had a Die Hard-esque event happen to him prior to Hans Gruber and the Nakatomi Tower, in which case, everyone involved in this project can GO AWAY for even thinking about meddling with the plot or characters in the original Die Hard.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is… go home everyone, you’re all drunk.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    I’ve always wanted a Rambo Prequel, but have never though Ohhh Yea a die hard prequel!!!!