Last week, a new report surfaced that Die Hard 6 is moving forward, which will be set both in the 1970s and in the present day, giving fans both a prequel and a sequel at the same time. Bruce Willis will come back as iconic NYPD cop John McClane for the present day scenes, with a younger actor being sought to play the 1970s version of the beloved character. The scenes that take place in 1979 will be set 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. While attending the red carpet premiere of Rock the Kasbah, Bruce Willis shed some new light on Die Hard 6, revealing he's excited to tell John McClane's origin story.
"It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth."
The project will reunite Bruce Willis with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman, who is set to direct and is currently developing the sequel with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The producers are currently seeking a screenwriter to craft this new story. Bruce Willis added that he is "probably" going to produce the sequel with Len Wiseman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but he isn't quite sure yet who will play the young John McClane.
"We'll see. I don't know. We're not there yet, but we'll see. Hopefully he's got a hard head."
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is based at Paramount, but he came aboard Die Hard 6 because 20th Century Fox was interested in turning one of his other projects into a Die Hard movie. This actually mirrors the development of another Die Hard movie, 1995's Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which originated from a script by Jonathan Hensleigh entitled Simon Says, that was turned into a John McClane action-thriller. There was a rumor back in 2013 that this new sequel would be set in Tokyo, but it's clear that they're going in a different direction now.
Way back in 2010, Bruce Willis said he wants to "retire" his John McClane character after Die Hard 6, but it isn't known if this will actually be his final performance as McClane. It also isn't known if his A Good Day to Die Hard co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jai Courtney, who played his children Lucy and Jack, will reprise their roles for Die Hard 6. Are you looking forward to John McClane's origin story being told in Die Hard 6?