Die Hard 5

Details have been flying around about the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise all year. First some plot details leaked, letting us all know that this time around Officer John McClane would be heading to Russia and encountering some terrorism related problems alongside his now adultish aged son John McClane Jr. After that, it became clear that Behind Enemy Lines director John Moore was officially on as the director of the film. Things were coming together, we were starting to get an idea of what this movie was going to look like. And today, the next step toward a potential fifth Die Hard film becoming a reality was taken. Fox has announced that Die Hard 5 is on their schedule for wide theatrical release on February 14, 2013, and that the official title of the film will be A Good Day to Die Hard. If you ask me, that sounds more like a title for a James Bond movie than a movie about rough and tumble NYPD officer John McClane, but hey, when I was watching that tank top clad jerk blowing up Nakatomi Plaza all the way back in 1988 I guess I never imagined that I’d be seeing him traveling to Russia either. In order to continue getting Die Hard movies, it seems like we’ve had to sacrifice some of their Die Hardiness in order to find new stuff for McClane to do. That’s not necessarily the worst thing in the world though. Watching Bruce Willis doing […]

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After a tumultuous summer of back and forth negotiating, the people behind Die Hard 5 have made it official that John Moore will be the man directing the further adventures of Officer John McClane. It was reported back at the end of July that Moore was a near-lock for the spot, and that the fifth Die Hard film would take place in Russia and see McClane sharing the action with his son, who was just a tyke in the first film, but who is now all grown up. Then, just a few days later, reports came out that while the story synopsis was accurate, Moore was just one name on a short list that also included Joe Cornish, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Justin Lin. That made me happy because those other three have all made movies that I’ve liked better than anything I’ve seen from Moore. But alas, it wasn’t to be. It seems that the holdup in hiring Moore was that Bruce Willis wasn’t sold on him as the director. The studio, they love Moore, but Willis, not so much. That all changed when, after a series of meetings, Moore sold Willis on both his love for the McClane character and his practical effects over CG approach to shooting action. I have to admit, while I also love John McClane and practical effects, I’m still not sold that Moore is the guy for this franchise. If a franchise as long in the tooth as Die Hard is going to […]

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Word went around over the weekend that Fox is moving forward with Die Hard 5. The proposed project would be about Bruce Willis’s iconic character John McClane and his now adult son getting into some terrorist related hijinx over in Russia, and reportedly Max Payne director John Moore had an offer to direct on the table if he wanted it. Well, it turns out that’s half true. According to Deadline Vershina the movie is definitely going forward, it will most assuredly be set in Russia, but Moore is far from a lock to direct. As a matter of fact, they say he’s one name on a short list that contains far more interesting choices. Joining Moore on Deadline’s short list is Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn, and Fast Five director Justin Lin. Despite the fact that I didn’t seem to be as taken with Lin’s revival of the Fast and the Furious franchise as everyone else, I would have to say that every one of these names is more interesting to me than John Moore. Refn showed that he can handle darker, action oriented material with Bronson, and he’s riding a lot of momentum right now due to positive buzz on this year’s Drive, but he might already have too much on his plate to step into the Die Hard franchise. He already has two more films planned in Only God Forgives and a possible remake of Logan’s Run, both set to star Ryan […]

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File this under “irrelevant for another couple of years” but news has arrived on the next installment of the Die Hard franchise. If you’re surprised that there’s going to be another one then you clearly haven’t been paying attention. The fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, is commonly thought to the worst of the series, but that distinction is actually held by Renny Harlin’s Die Hard 2: Die Harder. More important than quality though is the fact that the last installment was the highest grossing of the four. And since it was also the first to be rated PG-13 expect that to be the standard going forward. Twitch is reporting two bits of news on the film. First up, while the director’s chair is far from locked down they’ve learned that an offer has gone out to John Moore and the job is his if he wants it. He’d be a fool to pass it up… his last movie was the visually impressive but otherwise stupid Max Payne, and his best work remains his feature debut, Behind Enemy Lines. Go ahead and laugh, but it’s a fun flick that looks solid and gets a worthwhile performance out of Owen Wilson. And second, a minor plot detail has arrived in the form of location and characters. It appears the plan is for McClane and his son to encounter trouble in Russia that inevitably results in gunfire, explosions, and a fight scene while balancing on the whirring blades of a helicopter. […]

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Noam Murro is going to direct Die Hard 5. Let that roll around in your head for a while. If you’re like me, you don’t even recognize the name. It’s okay. I had to look it up. Murro directed the fairly average, not quite as annoying as it could have been indie dramedy Smart People a few years back. Now, he’s going to be directing Die Hard 5. According to Deadline Gary, the newcomer/commercial veteran impressed Fox with his ad campaign for Halo: Reach. Check it out for yourself and see if you’re equally impressed:

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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After our inspired list of Die Hard sequel ideas, it’s clear that Fox is passing on all of them (including, somehow, Die Hard: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire) in favor of filming something with a bit more Latin flavor. In other news, Bruce Willis wasn’t joking about another Die Hard movie. The fifth in the series will reportedly film in 2011 in Puerto Rico, down South America way. It follows Bad Boys II and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in the grand tradition of filming there, although there’s no word on the plot yet. Plus, it’s also filming in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver (which I’m told is also somewhere down South America way, but I can’t find it on the map). [Latino Review]

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Sorry. No. It’s not an On Demand channel featuring all of John McClane’s greatest hits and quips from over the years. That would, indeed, be a thing of beauty. I personally would have the terrorist getting sliced in half by a tow cable near the end of Die Hard With a Vengeance on loop. No, Die Hard 24/7 is the rumored title for the new film, the fifth installment in a franchise that began with what some believe to be the greatest action film of all time.

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Strap on your wife-beater for another strange trip with John McClane courtesy of, possibly, Skip Woods.

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With the news that Bruce Willis thinks a Die Hard 5 is on the way sooner than we all hope, it seems like the perfect opportunity to brainstorm the best possible way to drag every last damned dime out of the franchise.

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KevinSmith

On the 16th anniversary of the first public screening of Clerks, we get personal with the man, the myth, the lunchbox as he rips his heart off his sleeve and slams it down on the table.

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