Twentieth Century Fox is in negotiations with The A-Team writer Skip Woods to pen a fifth installment in their long running Die Hard franchise. No word yet as to what a possible plotline for the proposed sequel, but Bruce Willis has stated that he would like to see the franchise expand its scope by going “worldwide.”
Looking back at the series, it is easy to see how it has been growing with each film. The 1988 original saw Willis’s beleaguered, New York City cop everyman John McClane battling terrorists who had taken over a high rise office building. In subsequent episodes, he would fight terrorists at an airport, across New York City and finally, in 2007’s Live Free And Die Hard, up and down the eastern seaboard. Taking things global definitely seems like the next logical step.
But there’s a part of me that thinks the ever-widening scope of the series has been a mistake. The real strength of the original film was the high concept of its confined location and the inventiveness that McClane needed in order to defeat the terrorists lead by Alan Rickman’s evil Hans Gruber. The idea became so iconic that it became shorthand in Hollywood as a way to pitch a story idea. For example, 1994’s Speed could be described, and probably was pitched to the studios, as “Die Hard on a bus.” Try explaining the rest of the Die Hard films with that same pitch. “Die Hard in an airport” works, but “Die Hard across three states” doesn’t seem to pack as much punch.
Of course, if this film does take its story world wide, what is left for Die Hard 6? John McClane vs. alien invaders? We might just be down for that.
Via Hollywood Reporter.