When word got out that a sixth Die Hard movie was being made, some were thrilled and others wished the franchise would just end already. When it was revealed that it would be a prequel, it was met with a lot of negativity because fans just don’t think that a Die Hard flick without Bruce Willis will be able to succeed. Now, it’s known just how much Willis will be involved with Die Hard: Year One, and that it has his blessing.
People were not thrilled when they found out that a Die Hard prequel was going to be made, and it caused a lot of fans to lash out. Director Len Wiseman took a lot of that punishment on his shoulders and is still taking it today.
One fan even took out a full-page newspaper ad, per Indie Wire, to detail that he had a better script than whatever was in the works for Die Hard: Year One.
Everyone’s a critic and everyone had something to say, but Bruce Willis wasn’t having it. Not only did he offer up his full support to Wiseman, but he revealed that he was going to have some involvement in the film, too. Not just that, but he is planning to have a cameo or two.
Collider reported that Wiseman recently did an interview where he talked about the upcoming film and the shooting schedule for the prequel. He also made things a bit clearer on just how Willis is going to be involved in Die Hard: Year One.
First of all, Wiseman says that the new movie will be more of a “prequel/sequel” instead of just going back in time. It’s a movie that is looking to explore the origins of John McClane and how he came to be the person he is today.
“After doing the fourth one (Live Free or Die Hard), 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 went on to say that a lot of people don’t know what brought about McClane’s divorce and the hatred between him and his captain. No-one really knows what McClane was doing before he was a hard-nosed detective taking on Has Gruber at Nakatomi Plaza.
It is known that Die Hard: Year One is going to take place in 1979 on New Year’s Eve. Ideally, Wiseman would like to have the movie come out around the same time of year, but he knows that “these movies take their own paths,” so that may not be possible.
As for Bruce Willis, it would be really hard to have him reprise the role of John McClane if the movie is going back to 1979. Still, Wiseman assures the fans that there will be a lot of involvement from the man who made the franchise what it is today.
“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.”
Die Hard: Year One doesn’t have a release date or a signed actor set to play a young John McClane, but the search is on. Bruce Willis will be a part of the film in many ways, so fans need not worry that the franchise is going to be remodeled or ruined.
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