Bruce Willis is returning to the film franchise that made him famous in Die Hard.
Len Wiseman, who’s been directing the franchise since the fourth film in 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, is working on a part sequel/prequel that will see Willis return to the role of John McClane in present day and a younger actor portraying the character as a young New York cop.
“The right casting for this role is crucial,” Wiseman told Deadline. “Those bare feet have some very big shoes to fill.”
Those shoes didn’t fit very well on Jai Courtney, who played John’s son Jack, in the 2013 follow up, A Good Day to Die Hard, which was a lackluster father-son adventure against organized crime in Russia. While it did gross $300 million worldwide, it was panned by critics. The last film wasn’t based on any novel whereas the first four were dating back to the original 1988 Die Hard, which was based from Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever.
In the meantime, Willis is keeping himself busy riding the nostalgia train with Eli Roth’s Death Wish, the remake of the 1974 classic with Willis in the Charles Bronson role slated for release in November; and Glass, a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable, reuniting him with director M. Night Shyamalan and Samuel L. Jackson. Glass, which will be released in 2019, will see Willis’s David Dunn facing his nemesis Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Jackson) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), the featured character in 2016’s Split.
Is there anything left for the Die Hard franchise? Could it continue without Willis or should he be the only John McClane? Personally, I rather see John McTiernan back in the franchise.