Considering that origin stories seem to be very common these days, I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised when Deadline broke the news that Len Wiseman, who directed the decent if unremarkable fourth entry Die Hard 4.0 aka Live Free Or Die Hard, is returning to the franchise, and that he and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are looking for a screenwriter for what may be called Die Hard Year One which will serve as a prequel set in 1979 and show us how John McClaine became the guy we’re all familiar – though will also have some present day footage featuring Bruce Willis.
Can this work? I guess a great deal will be down to whoever plays the young McClaine. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a good job playing the young version of a Bruce Willis character in Looper, but I can’t see him as a young McClaine can you? As Wiseman says:
“The right casting for this role is crucial. Those bare feet have some very big shoes to fill”.
If they do find the right person, then this ought to revive a franchise which lost its way a bit with its last entry [a reasonable action movie if taken on its own, not a good Die Hard film].