Good news for fans of Die Hard because, not only are we getting a new film set before the original, but Bruce Willis is coming back for the prequel.
The only problem is, Die Hard: Year One is reportedly set on New Year’s Eve 1979, but Willis is a 60-year-old man so just how is that going to work with the whole young John McClane thing?
Speaking to Collider, producer Len Wiseman explained:
The reason I say prequel/sequel is because I wasn’t going to do it without Bruce. I’m also not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick. Its really working into the plot, with the 70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane.
The film itself will take place on New Years Eve 1979, so trying to gear things towards that would be fun, if we could come out around the same time, but these movies take their own paths.
So, no, Willis won’t be playing the younger version of himself, because that would be weird. Still, it’s good to know that the star of the franchise will be making his presence known in the sixth Die Hard movie.
As for the story of the new film, Wiseman added:
After doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce [Willis] and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1. That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy?
We’ve never seen the actual love story. We know its demise, but we’ve never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in ‘78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.
We’re very excited to see who gets cast as the young John McClane now!