A Good Day to Die Hard wasn't especially liked by critics or fans, and it wasn't a giant box office hit. But just like its franchise title, this series revolving around Bruce Willis' Jersey bred cop John McClane isn't calling it quits just yet. Die Hard 6 is humming along as previously reported, and now it has a writer and a title, and a location.
Tentatively titled Die Hardest, this latest adventure will take place in Tokyo. Screenwriter Ben Trebilcook is currently drafting a treatment. He is an untested scribe with only the in-production videogame-themed action thriller Knocktout to his name. A Good Day to Die Hard consulting producer Larry D. Webster is working on Knocktout, which is how he got hooked up with Trebilcook.
No story details have been released, though Ben Trebilcook claims this new story will please fans.
"It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It's also a very plausible storyline."
Ben Trebilcook also talked about the hurdles in getting his screenplay to the screen, claiming that it is the franchise equivalent of Rocky Balboa, the final film in that Sylvester Stallone boxing series.
"Getting Larry's support was great, but there are many hurdles to leap yet and two of those are called Bruce Willis and [producer] Alex Young. [There's] the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second. Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise."
It is not clear if Larry D. Webster hired Ben Trebilcook on behalf of 20th Century Fox, or if he is working outside of the studio.