For all of the Die Hard fans out there, there is cause to celebrate. The long-rumored “Die Hard: Year One” has been given an official title, simply “McClane.” Going against such titles as “Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Live Free or Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengence and A Good Day to Die Hard,” McClane simplifies it down to focus on the character we’ve all come to love.
Reporting to Empire, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura provides some essential details as to the title decision.
“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.”
Bruce Willis will return for what could be his sixth and final outing. He’ll share the role with a younger version of his character, as the movie switches between an origin story of the rookie cop to the present day legendary character Willis will portray. Despite rumors that the prequel section would take up more of the runtime, the sequel-prequel approach will feature Bruce Willis just as much as his younger incarnation.
“I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce,” said di Bonaventura. “The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”
Whether this film follows the formula of Hugh Jackman/Logan’s curtain call remains to be seen. Director Len Wiesman (Live Free or Die Hard) says production should begin “fairly soon,” but that the script is still in progress. Additionally, more casting will be required such as who will play young John McClane.
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