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Link to our threads on the first and fourth films.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Die Hard 5' Could Shoot Next Year, Story Could 'Go Worldwide,' Bruce Willis Says

"There is no John McClane." That's what "Cop Out" star Bruce Willis cautions MTV's Josh Horowitz to remember when the subject of that iconic "Die Hard" character comes up. And then he dropped the bomb: "I think we're going to do a 'Die Hard 5' next year." . . .

It's all an in-process thing at this point, with no hard details decided upon. . . .

MTV Movies Blog, February 22

Skip Woods, Fox making John McClane die hard one more time (exclusive)

John McClane’s string of bad luck may not yet be over.

“Hitman” screenwriter Skip Woods is in negotiations with Fox to take a crack at a new “Die Hard” script. The New York cop known for consistently being in the wrong place at the right time has already survived four run-ins with terrorists, traitors and psychotic loose cannons of one stripe or another. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, May 4

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So would this be the first truly original Die Hard movie, i.e. the first Die Hard movie that was NOT based on an existing non-McClane proprety? (The first movie was based on a novel that was written as a sequel to a Frank Sinatra movie; the second movie was based on another, completely unrelated novel; the third movie was based on a spec script that originally had nothing to do with McClane; and the fourth movie was based on an article in Wired magazine.)

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Bruce Willis tells MTV: "It's imminent. The coin is about to drop."

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To be directed by Noam Murro.

You know... Noam Murro.

Wait... who?!

Die Hard 5 is moving toward the start gate at 20th Century Fox. I’m told the studio will set Noam Murro to direct the film that has been scripted by Skip Woods. They will continue to develop the script. While Murro directed the Sarah Jessica Parker-starrer Smart People for Miramax. Murro really impressed Fox brass with his most recent campaign for the Halo video game. He’s a five time DGA nominated commercials director, won two Golden Lions at Cannes and is taking a big leap up to one of Fox’s most important projects. The studio still has to make a deal with Bruce Willis, but he has publicly expressed excitement about reprising his signature John McClain role. Willis showed he had plenty left in the tank with Live Free Or Die Hard, the Len Wiseman-directed 2007 sequel that grossed $383.5 million worldwide.

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BREAKING: DIE HARD 5 Will Send McClane And Son To Russia But First They Need A New Director

Since Murro's attachment to Die Hard 5 became public knowledge the director has also been attached to direct 300 prequel Xerxes (aka 300: Battle Of Artemisia) and Twitch has learned that the demands of Xerxes have led to Murro having to exit Die Hard 5. Who will take the helm in his place? Nothing is definite yet but our sources tell us that John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne) has been told that the film is essentially his to take or leave. . . .

TwitchFilm, July 30

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Yep, it's John Moore.

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FWIW....

From Ain't it cool news...

An AICN reader called Battletide sent in this quick note, presented below in its entirety...

I was just listening to my fave sports show, The Jim Rome Show, and b/c of Rome's love for all things John McClane, Tom Rothman of FOX Entertainment came on his show to announce the title and set-up for Die Hard 5. It will be titled A Good Day To Die Hard and it will involve John heading to Russia to sweet talk some cops into letting his apparently-wayward son out of jail for something he did....but when he gets there, as you can imagine....things surrounding his son's arrest are not as they appear and world-threatening terrorist hijinks ensue. The role for John McClane, Jr. will be highly coveted in the next couple of months. It goes before cameras in January, and they are going to release it on February 14th just in time to buy the lady some roses and chocolate and then take her to see some terrorists get their asses handed to them McClane style!!!!

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Link to the original Deadline article.

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Hemsworth is at least 10 years younger than any of the others.

I would not have guessed Aaron Paul was 32, though. He plays young well.

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‘Spartacus’ Alum Jai Courtney Lands Coveted ‘Die Hard’ Lead

This is a big surprise, as the studio, Moore and Willis met a ton of up and coming young actors, only to expand the search several times. Courtney hadn’t been on any of those short lists that I’d heard of, but I heard that it came down to Courtney and Liam Hemsworth, the Hunger Games star. Courtney is perhaps best known for playing Varro in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He was the close confidante of Spartacus until they were forced into a battle to the death. Courtney most recently has been starring opposite Tom Cruise in Paramount’s One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation of the Lee Child bestseller. He is also attached to star opposite Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein. . . .

Deadline.com, February 22

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Teaser.

BTW, am I the only person who thinks of Worf when he hears the title?

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BTW, am I the only person who thinks of Worf when he hears the title?

No, you are not.

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I thought of Worf too haha

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Looks like fun! And the last line is classic.

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I am such a sucker for this franchise.

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Huh. Could be fun. I wasn't much a fan of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, but I'd go see this.

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Too bad they couldn't go with Joseph Gordon Levitt in Bruce Willis makeup again.

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Looks like this series is really, truly dead. Although, with in this zombie-loving world, that doesn't mean it won't keep lurching forward and groaning.

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Bummer. I thought the previous one with the Apple kid was pretty entertaining and had hope for more of the same with this one. But I'd only count 2 out of the (now) 5 to be good--the first is a classic, and the Apple guy one. The airport one was dull and plodding, and the Jeremy Irons one so-so. But Jeff, the stat I saw at your link was a 6% tomatometer and a 95% interest level. It's going to make a lot of money, but won't earn a lot of repeat viewings, no?

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The first and fourth films do have the highest RT ratings, it is true; the second film also has a "fresh" rating, though you always have to wonder about the RT ratings for films that came out years, if not decades, before the internet came along.

It's the third and fifth films that got "rotten" ratings, which leads me to think that John McClane does best when he's co-starring with a female member of his family (his wife in the first two films and his daughter in the fourth).

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My wife had never seen any of the Die Hard movies, so we watched the original around Christmas in 2011 and worked our way through the series over the past year. I've always thought the first film was a stone-cold classic, and that still holds up; I still sit on the edge of my seat when John swings down on the fire hose. I was really surprised, though, with how much I enjoyed the other two. I always hated Die Hard 2, but maybe enjoyed it a little more this time around. And I had always been kind of so-so on Die Hard with a Vengeance, but really liked it with this recent viewing (well, really liked it up to the goofy ending). A Good Day to Die Hard really holds up, too...even better than I would have imagined. So, yes, seeing the negative reviews (especially in light of Keith Phipps's nice piece on the franchise in the Village Voice) for the new one really bums me out.

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