We’re gonna Die Hard again?

Seems that way.

Last night, I saw this bit of news flash across my Facebook feed:

ComingSoon.Net: Die Hard 6 Planned as Both a Prequel and a Sequel

To say that I was bitterly disappointed in the previous outing, 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard, would be an epic understatement. That came after being left somewhat entertained though very much wanting in the wake of 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard. What the hell had happened to one of the greatest action heroes of the 1980s and 90s? I mean, even Rambo managed to make a decent comeback after lying dormant for two decades, so John McClane should’ve been able to get in there for another round or two, right?

Maybe not.

Even though U.S. audiences chewed up and spit out A Good Day to Die Hard, it did excellent business overseas, which is why we’re now sitting here talking about a potential sixth movie. Okay, I admit it: I’m a sucker for nostalgic shenanigans like catching up with older heroes/stories that haven’t been visited in a while. That whole “Return of _____” genre of TV movies from the 1980s was made for people like me, for crying out loud. Hell, I’ll even watch The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission if it happens across my TV screen in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. The struggle is real, people.

So, Die Hard 6.

According to the Coming Soon piece, the idea is to make this new installment both a sequel and a prequel, with Bruce Willis returning to the role of John McClane to bookend a story that will take place in 1979, when McClane was still a uniformed cop for the NYPD. The basic premise of a Die Hard prequel isn’t new; BOOM! Studios published a short-lived (8 issues) comic series, Die Hard: Year One, which covered some of the same ground. I’ll admit, the setup here intrigues me: Will something from his younger days come back in the Here and Now to bite McClane on the ass? That sort of thing’s already been done once (see Die Hard With A Vengeance), but that story hinged on what we all loved about the original film: namely, McClane sending Hans Gruber for a long walk off a tall building.

This prequel idea would (you’d think) provide an opportunity to delve deeper into McClane’s past and a part of his life about which we know little. Hell, how meta would it be to get Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play the younger McClane? He already portrayed a younger version of Willis’ character Joe in 2012’s Looper, and totally owned the role. That would be insane. Plus, Levitt’s riding high right now (see what I did there?) with his new film The Walk.

Look at me, being all optimistic, and shit.

john-mcclane(Photo collage courtesy of GeekNation.)

For my money, there’s no topping the original Die Hard. Not only do I think it’s the best 80s action movie, but I think it holds its own against just about anything that’s come before or since. It is–in my mind, anyway–a clinic on how to plot a perfectly paced action film with compelling characters, including a hero you cheer on and a villain you can’t wait to see get what’s coming to them. The only sequel to even come close to hitting that mark is the third film, Die Hard With A Vengeance. The second movie is serviceable, the fourth film is tolerable, and the fifth just makes me want to punch things.

Would I go see Too Young to Die Hard another Die Hard? Hard to say at this point, but I’m obviously not rooting for this thing to fail. I was pretty sketchy on the idea of a fourth Rambo flick, and I was happy to admit my wrongness on that one. Now I’m sitting here, waiting for the oft-rumored fifth movie to get on with it.

Yeah, shit. Bring it on, McClane.

Yippee Ki Yay, Mr. Falcon!

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About Dayton Ward

Freelance word pusher. Husband. Dad. Trekkie. Rush fan (the band). Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Observer/derider of human behavior. I know where my towel is.
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8 Responses to We’re gonna Die Hard again?

  1. BrainRants says:

    Not much good happens in sequels. Case in point: Jar Jar Binks, Kirk/Spock kidnapping a blue whale… everything past Rocky 2… yeah.

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    • Dayton Ward says:

      I disagree with you on Rocky. Rocky Balboa is an excellent film. You can pretty much go Rocky, Rocky 2, Rocky Balboa and you’d be good. Same with Rambo. First Blood, skip the next two, then Rambo, and call it a day.

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  2. jrfrontera says:

    I’ve only walked out of two movies in my entire life, and A Good Day to Die Hard was one of them. 😛

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  3. Lynda Foley says:

    As long as M. Night Shymalan doesn’t write it or it will be Die Hard 6th Sense! (sorry)

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  4. archersangel says:

    if anyone needed more proof that hollywood was out of ideas, there it is.

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