After being developed for a number of years, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with Die Hard 6, now entitled Die Hard Year One. We reported in October that this Die Hard adventure will actually be a prequel set in the 1970s, with Bruce Willis returning to cameo as the iconic John McClane in a present-day story that bookends the prequel story set in 1979, 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. Len Wiseman has been set to direct, and while promoting his new Fox TV series Lucifer, he clarified to /Film that Bruce Willis will have more than just a cameo in two scenes.
"He will be more present than that. This character of course is modern day and the origin story if you can call it that has ramifications on present day McClane. What it's not is it's not a cameo bookend scenario. It's a prequel/sequel hybrid that I really haven't seen before and is incredibly different."
This statement mirrors a report from October, where Bruce Willis himself said the project's premise is a "really tricky idea." The director was also asked if Bonnie Bedelia would return as John's wife Holly, who hasn't been seen since 1990's Die Hard 2: Die Harder. While he wouldn't confirm if Holly will be featured in the present-day scenes, the filmmaker did say he wanted to learn more about the origins of their relationship, which will be explored in the movie.
"I also just really wondered what was the relationship. When did he first meet Holly? It's actually the love story that has not been told."
Len Wiseman is no stranger to John McClane's universe, having directed the 2007 action-thriller Live Free or Die Hard. After the original Die Hard, the sequels revealed that John became famous for his heroics at Nakatomi Plaza. However, that provides some restrictions, since McClane wasn't "famous" before the first movie. Here's what the director had to say about this aspect of the story.
"For sure, because he can't be the superhero. It's a delicate balance of giving you a sense of what started McClane, because McClane when he comes into Die Hard 1 has a lot of emotional baggage, baggage in general moreso than a lot of our other action characters in the sense that he's already divorced. He's got an incredible chip on his shoulder. He's bitter. His captain hates him, doesn't want him back in New York. What caused all that? Why was he already that guy?"
No other cast members have been confirmed for Die Hard Year One, and it isn't known if the director is actively casting yet or not. Our report from October revealed that the director and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura were seeking a screenwriter to tackle the story, but it isn't known if they have found a writer yet. Are you glad that Bruce Willis will be more present in Die Hard Year One?