After a couple of years being referred to as Die Hard Year One, the sixth installment in the iconic action franchise has been given a new title. Taking a leaf out of Logan's book, Die Hard 6 is now titled McLane, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed that Bruce Willis will be back for more than just a cameo.
“You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, 'McCLANE'. 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 20s. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”
Previously, it had been reported that Willis' involvement would be minimal with him bookending the new movie in an extended cameo as the now 60-year-old John McLane. However, Lorenzo di Bonaventura's comments suggest that the modern day version of McLane will get just as much screentime as his younger counterpart. Could this be a True Detective styled narrative with Willis flashing back to an old case to put the pieces together to solve a current threat? That doesn't really feel very Die Hard, but then the last sequel didn't feel very Die Hard, to be honest with you, it made me feel very sad.
Die Hard 4.0 director Len Wiesman is still attached to direct, and the script that was handed in came from The Conjuring scribes Chad and Carey Hayes. I would love to believe that McLane will be a return to a grittier tone and give the legendary character a worthy send-off. The trailer for Glass showed us a side of Bruce Willis we've not seen since Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, genuine enthusiasm for the material.
In recent years, Willis has been doing a Nicolas Cage of late by appearing in a slew of straight to DVD action fodder of questionable quality. Aside from Sin City 2, Rock the Kasbah, Death Wish, and next year's Glass, Willis has made ten movies in the last four years all released straight to DVD. Hopefully, the success of Glass (have you seen the trailer!) will allow Willis to be a bit more discerning with what movies he makes. Or at the very least, read the script before signing on the dotted line.
More on McLane as it comes in.