Filmdom’s most consistently imperilled lawman will be back for a sixth time, with Entertainment Weekly confirming that a new “Die Hard” sequel is official in the pipeline.
The fifth sequel to the 1988 blockbuster will simply be called “McClane”, after the name of the NYPD cop played by Bruce Willis.
Earlier rumours had the title as “Die Hard: Year One”, the title the project was using when producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura discussed the sequel in an interview with Empire magazine. “You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in [for the script] says, ‘McClane’,” he said. “We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”
The producer also confirmed Willis’ 2015 interview with ET in which the actor teased that the next “Die Hard” sequel would “bounce back and forth” between the present-day McClane (Willis) and a younger version of the character, played by another actor.
“I don’t know how you do ‘Die Hard’ without Bruce,” di Bonaventura explained. “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.”
No word yet on when “McClane” will yippee ki-yay its way into theatres.