If there's one thing that 99.9% of Die Hard fans can agree on, it's that the last two movies in the series were just flat out bad. Granted, the bar was set pretty high for the first three films, but it still felt strange to watch John McClane () try and pass off sidekicks as the new leaders in the DH universe. What Culture recently spoke with the alleged Die Hardest screenwriter - - and he says that he's determined bring DH back to basics. The thing is, Fox flat out denied that he was involved with the project in April. So, take this interview with a grain of salt. Here are the most important parts:
What details can you reveal about your story for the final Die Hard?
Hmm, what can I say? What can I say? What am I allowed to say? OK, without spoiling too much, I can say that McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives, celebrating this on the 30th anniversary of the Naktatomi Hostage Crisis. It’s by no means Black Rain. Perhaps has a slight Rising Sun type tone. It’s also not a double-act buddy-buddy story. McClane began on his own and should end on his own. Of course he’s had assistance in various guises, aiding him in his ventures; but it’s not Lethal Weapon or a Jackie Chan film.
He eventually even claims that he's written a part for Die Hard with a Vengeance's Zeus:
My story, being set in Japan, obviously has Nakatomi playing an extremely significant role; in a way that.. well, it’s John McClane in Japan and if you’ve seen any Japanese movies or at least know anything about their culture at all, you know it would have a lot of potential to be nuts. It’s not Ichi The Killer, but it is crazy and as real as you can get in these realms. It’s violent, but not over the top nor unnecessarily Loony Tune like Olympus. It’s well researched, faithful to the franchise, yet giving a possible audience such a refreshing punch to the face, they’ll be saying ‘Wow. I really wasn’t expecting that.’ You want a nugget, don’t you? I’m pretty sure it’s out there. A few Japanese fans on Twitter put two and two together when I uploaded a picture of a Katana (Samurai Sword) with some kanji reading ‘Zeus’. Yes, I’ve written Zeus Carver in for Samuel L Jackson.