In one of the most ironic pieces of news to come out this week, five movies into what really should have been a taut and thoroughly entertaining trilogy, the Die Hard franchise seems to be having the hardest of times dying. And as much as it pains me to say it, I wish it would.
Despite the resoundingly lackluster reactions to 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox is reportedly prepping a 6th installment of the franchise, with Live Free Or Die Hard director Len Wiseman attached to helm the return.
But, this is where it gets interesting, in keeping with Hollywood's current model for churning out features, the project is supposedly going to be an origin story and reinvention of the franchise.
Yes, an origin story that focuses on a pre-Nakatomi Plaza McClane as the late seventies, wisecracking NYC cop we can assume he was. What I still can't figure out is, if DH6 will be an origin story... what was the first Die Hard?
And does that mean the original themes of everyday-family-man/cop saves his wife and, inadvertently, the day by thinking on his feet in the right place at the wrong time, will be made redundant and replaced by John McClane: superduper, bulletproof, ultra battlecop and proto-badass who has a sixth sense and a thirst for danger?
This is the moment where we cut away to a shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt feverishly polishing his Looper prosthetics, and willing his telephone to ring.
Filling Pretty Big Boots
Though the project is very much in its infancy, and no names have been thrown into the hat regarding which lucky actor will be entrusted with the chance of pulling off their best young Willis impression, the good news is we'll be getting another Brucey Bonus as Bruce Willis is reportedly down to return to the role that made him a star.
Though in a reduced capacity, because this movie will act as a passing of the torch of some sort, which will obviously lead to reboots of the classic trilogy. So, this leaves us with yet another question: who could play a young McClane?
A blockbuster star in the making, with lead roles in Tron: Legacy and Pan under his belt, there's no better time for the talented star to make an impact than in the reboot of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises.
The young Brit star is swiftly rising, especially after absolutely smashing his role in Kingsman. He's certainly got the swagger, cheek and action ability to pull off a young McClane, so why not?
Who do you think?