Deadline has exclusively revealed that a sixth DIE HARD movie is being developed over at Fox. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD helmer, Len Wiseman, is attached to direct with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. It is said that it will be set in 1979, revolve around beat cop John McClane, and have bookend sequences with Bruce Willis reprising his role in the modern day.
And we got our hands on the script…
We were lucky enough to have the most recent draft of this script land on our Filmthusiastic desk and we couldn’t help but pour through it.
What we found within was very interesting.
-The movie is an origin story about how John McClane learns to become an ordinary New York cop who is constantly thrust into extraordinary situations on major holidays. He is actually cursed by an ancient amulet that causes him to be eternally doomed to “wrong place, wrong time” action scenarios.
-John has a meet/cute with Holly Gennaro, who tells him to bring a large stuffed teddy bear for their kids if she ever moves to Los Angeles with them after becoming estranged from John because he gets jealous over her continued success. It’s an amazing sequence and really shows how important it is that John is bringing that teddy bear for his kids.
-We see a number of characters figure into John’s life before they cross his path again in later movies. He meets up with baby Argyle, the mischievous Gruber Bros., pothead Ellis, rookie cops Johnson & Johnson, wiz kid Thomas Gabriel, and his best friend Zeus Carver. John unfortunately gets crazy amnesia and forgets all these people by the end of the movie. But who cares! The audience now knows where they all come from and that is going to make their experiences watching them in later movies all that more meaningful.
-We see flashbacks of John McClane attempting to get out of the womb prematurely. He’s an ordinary fetus in an extraordinary womb. Story of his life, am I right?
-John goes through intense training that sets up all the skills that he uses in the later films. He learns how to walk on glass, tape guns to his back, write taunting messages on shot-up terrorists, climb through vents, quip, grow emotionally distant from his wife and kids, navigate a busy airport during the holiday season, play a game called “Simon Says”, drive cars into helicopters, shoot himself in the shoulder to kill a dude behind him, and how to go to Russia to find his bland, estranged son. Now that they have set-up how he knows how to do all this… The audience will finally accept it when he does all these things in the original movies.
-All of your favorite DIE HARD quotes are said here first so that you know that he knows how to say them in the future. He hits all the classics, like:
- Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!
- Welcome to the party, pal!
- Come out to the coast! We’ll get together, have a few laughs.
- Just once, I’d like a regular, normal Christmas. Eggnog, a fuckin’ Christmas tree, a little turkey. But, no! I gotta crawl around in this motherfuckin’ tin can!
- Ok, just a few words. Fuck off.
- Central Park South to Broadway in three minutes! That’s gotta be some kinda record!
- I’m gonna kill this motherfucker and get my daughter back, or get my daughter and kill this motherfucker.
- Command center? It’s a basement!
- The 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey.
-John’s first job is working for Nakatomi Pizza as a delivery driver before a grizzled police captain tells him that he has what it takes to push terrorists out of skyscraper windows. John resists. That is how his father died. The captain eventually tells him that he knew his father and he would’ve been proud to have been pushed out a window by John. The legend begins…
It’s all here! Every page is a wonderful homage to a series of movies that didn’t begin repeating itself on it’s second installment and become a cartoon parody of itself by it’s fourth go-round. This is the prequel that audiences have been asking for ever since that one dude told John McClane to take off his shoes after a flight to diminish his jet lag. In fact, the same guys shows up on page 37 and tells him to take off his baseball cap to diminish coming from Nyack after a long drive from Nyack.
It’s an amazing time to be alive.