‘Die Hard’ Prequel Has Been Canceled

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‘Die Hard 6,’ originally announced in 2015, has officially been canceled according to a producer.

The sixth installment of the action film franchise ‘Die Hard’ has been long-gestating in development limbo and has gone through several revisions all which included Bruce Willis returning to portray police detective John McClane. From being a direct sequel to ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ to a cross-over with the ’24’ TV series before finally being settled on as a prequel titled simply ‘John McClane.’ That appears to be off the table now.

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“Yeah, no, it’s not happening,” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said according to NME. “But what was really interesting was we actually came up with an idea to do it. It was a project that wasn’t Die Hard that then, eventually, shifted over to Die Hard.”

He continued, “What was interesting about our idea was it allowed you the ability to meet the young John McClane and use Bruce.” He added, “So it was really interesting in that way. So you sort of got to see both versions of him. A bit [like The Godfather Part 2].”

When asked about whether the 20th Century Films acquisition by Disney will lead to a possible sequel, di Bonaventura replied, “I don’t know what their plans are.”

The original ‘Die Hard’ was released in 1988 and was directed by John McTiernan. It was very closely based on the 1979 action novel ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp.

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The official synopsis explains, “NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands.”

The movie would spawn four sequels including ‘Die Hard 2: Die Harder,’ ‘Die Hard With A Vengeance,’ ‘Live Free Or Die Hard,’ and ‘A Good Day To Die Hard.’


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