Following last week’s news of the upcoming sixth Die Hard movie, a prequel titled Die Hard: Year One, Bruce Willis has registered his enthusiasm for the project.
“It’s a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I’m very happy about it,” Willis told Entertainment Tonight at the New York premiere of his latest movie, Rock the Kasbah.
While the prequel does not yet have a script or a screenwriter, the pitch is to go back in time and look at how John McClane became the one liner-dropping tough guy we know and love. Len Wiseman, who directed 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth film in the series, is in talks to return to helm the sixth.
“It’s a really cool idea, because it’s the origin story,” Willis said. “It’s gonna happen at the beginning of this.” He will likely produce the project, and might also appear as present-day McClane in flash-forward sequences, saying, “We’re going to bounce back and forth.”
A prequel about John McClane means, of course, a much younger actor will have to portray him as a budding vigilante. When asked who might take on the iconic role, Willis only quipped, “Hopefully he’s got a hard head.”
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