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DIE HARD 5 Directors, Plot Details

Short list of directors for Die Hard 5 in Russia.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 02, 2011
Source: Deadline, Twitch


Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (2007).
© 20th Century Fox

Fans had a chance to see John McClane working alongside (or trying to save) his grown-up daughter in the fourth installment of the Die Hard franchise. It now seems that we'll be seeing his grown-up son as well in the next McClane adventure to hit the silver screen. While updating the short list of directors currently in contention to lead Die Hard 5, Deadline and Twitch are reporting some new plot details have surfaced online from Skip Woods' script treatment.

But let's first report the directorial list. With the previously-set helmer Noam Murro bowing out of Die Hard 5 so he could move on to lead the sequel 300: The Battle of Artemisia, the online trade reports the list of current possibilities include directors John Moore (Max Payne), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). Twitch adds that John Moore seems to be the front-runner at the moment.

As far as the plot itself, it would seem that John McClane is leaving the comforts of the U.S. in favor of the motherland. The trade suggests that Skip Woods' script has the iconic action hero traveling to Russia with his son and dealing with local authorities (and obviously bad guys) there. Lead star Bruce Willis has hinted in the past that he would prefer his character to leave the nation for an adventure and it seems this is that opportunity. Both his son and daughter were briefly shown in the original Die Hard but neither were shown again until Mary Elizabeth Winstead popped up in Live Free or Die Hard.


Thanks to xenomorph for the submission.

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lusiphur 8/2/2011 6:58:10 AM

 Yippee Ki Yay, Mother Komrade!

I'd see it.  I'll even admit I liked Live Free or Die Hard, having recognized an over the top action flick for what it was.  It was a fun ride.  I'm sure this one will be too.  As for the director list, I've seen none of the movies listed, so I really don't have an opinion.

monkeyfoot 8/2/2011 7:07:18 AM

I'm always on board for more dying hard!

Beardeer 8/2/2011 7:12:34 AM

As long it's Christmas, as long as he calls his wife.

RedHood2010 8/2/2011 7:19:25 AM

Sweet!  Live Free and Die Hard was a great ride.  Hope the cast is as strong as it was in that one!

EagleManiac 8/2/2011 7:22:00 AM

The original Die Hard is a classic action flick. 2 and 3 are OK movies, but not nearly on par with the first one. LFODH was STUPID and was plagued by the same thing so many action flciks have today: WAY too over-the-top action sequences! It was ridiculous, and having that Justin Long ass-munch in it made it even worse! I am NOT looking forward to Number Five, and will wait for that one to hit cable, just like I did Number Four. 

jackwagon 8/2/2011 8:04:25 AM

Live Free or Die Hard wasn't so much a bad movie as just your average action film that merely penciled in John McClane in the movie.  Any character could have been the hero of the movie - there was no real need to have McClane be in it.

Oh sure, they tried to relate Live Free to the earlier Die Hards, but it didn't really work that time.  There was a moment late in the film when McClane was talking to the FBI guy on walkie-talkie and said how the FBI guy needed to find McClane's daughter after it was all over in case McClane didn't make it out alive.  I remember watching that for the first time and thought two things: 1. It was meant as an homage to the first Die Hard where McClane had the same conversation with Powell, only regarding his wife, and 2. It felt completely phony.  McClane wasn't nearly as emotional with the FBI guy as he was with Powell, so I didn't believe McClane's sincerity like I did in the original Die Hard. 

If Die Hard 5 really does get made, I hope it's written in a way where it's more directly connected to the first three films versus just penciling in McClane.  I'd also love to see some of the peripheral characters come back, like McClane's wife, Thornberg, and/or Powell.

ztigr 8/2/2011 8:26:32 AM

 Your picking the director of Max Payne?   That gives me max pain!   I never understand how someone who takes a possible interesting story and ruins it, gets another chance.  At least M. Night had the Sixth Sense on his resume'.  I actually like LFODH, including Justin.

Hobbs 8/2/2011 8:50:48 AM

LFODH was over the top but if you could get past that it was fun to see John McClane in action agian.  Though I admit I was rolling my eye when the car jumped without a ramp into the helo.  You can probably expect more of the same with the list of directors they have.

aegrant 8/2/2011 9:04:33 AM

I'm down with this. The Die Hard series is one of my favorites.

animerocks5150 8/2/2011 9:38:43 AM

I read last year that they will film Die Hard 5 in San Juan,Puerto Rico just like they did with Fast Five..

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