Die Hard was doing pretty good there…that is until the 2013 film A Good Day to Die Hard came about, reducing Bruce Willis’s famous character John McClane to an action-only character. After that, rumors flew around that a prequel film would be the next to carry the title of the franchise. This prequel would feature a younger actor playing John McClane sometime in his 20’s with Willis showing up in a bookend cameo. That may not be the case.
Several new developments are taking place today through an interview that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had with Empire today. Not only has the film been now titled McClane, but Willis will have equal screen time as McClane as his younger counterpart. The producer quoted the following:
We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before. I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce – the idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.
Personally prequels feel more and more like a cop-out to keep a franchise going, so the idea of a final Die Hard film that shows McClane at the beginning and end of his story feels like a more solid way to conclude the cop character’s journey. Hopefully, a better story and director will guide the film and leave Die Hard fans with a good feeling. Stay tuned!