Back in April, we found out that 20th Century Fox had hired writer Ben Trebilcook to pen a treatment for a sixth Die Hard movie, potentially called Die Hardest. Despite being one of the absolute worst films of 2013, A Good Day to Die Hard somehow managed to make over $300 million worldwide, which is enough for the suits at Fox to think at least one more go-around with John McClane is a financially smart idea.
Now, thanks to an interview with WhatCulture (via FirstShowing), Trebilcook has dropped some details about what we can expect to see in his sequel – assuming, of course, that the studio, the producers, and franchise star Bruce Willis all give their approval:
I can say that McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives, celebrating this on the 30th anniversary of the Naktatomi Hostage Crisis. It’s by no means ‘Black Rain.’ Perhaps has a slight ‘Rising Sun’ type tone. It’s also not a double-act buddy-buddy story. McClane began on his own and should end on his own. Of course he’s had assistance in various guises, aiding him in his ventures; but it’s not ‘Lethal Weapon’ or a Jackie Chan film.
Well, taking things to Nakatomi certainly makes a hell of a lot more sense than randomly going to Chernobyl to battle some Russians, like McClane did in the fifth film. And if Trebilcook gets his way, we’ll actually see a reunion in this next entry:
A few Japanese fans on Twitter put two and two together when I uploaded a picture of a Katana (Samurai Sword) with some kanji reading ‘Zeus’. Yes, I’ve written Zeus Carver in for Samuel L Jackson…Like I said before, it’s not a buddy-buddy script, but you can’t ignore him. Zeus played a major part in McClane’s life. They went through a lot together. They would certainly, without a doubt, still be in contact.
Look, Samuel L. Jackson is great and everything, but he’s not exactly choosy when it comes to what roles he takes these days. If this screenplay is even halfway decent, it’s pretty much a given that Jackson will reprise his role. As for Willis, like I’ve said before – if he approved the screenplay for the steaming pile of garbage that was A Good Day to Die Hard, he’ll approve just about anything. We’re still not sure when Die Hardest will make it to theaters, or if these story elements will make it from this draft to the final version, but at least it sounds like Trebilcook is trying to bring some sense of respectability back to this joke of a film series.
Can a Die Hard movie ever be great again, or should Hollywood just let this one go? Sound off in the comments.
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