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52 years ago today, viewers first watched a show that would become a British and sci-fi icon. “Doctor Who” premiered on this date on BBC in 1963. In that episode, William Hartnell played the first iteration of the Time Lord who would take audiences on all sorts of fun, odd, and even sorrowful adventures through spacetime. He played the character for four seasons (series, to you British folks), and since then — thanks to the Doctor’s two hearts and ability to regenerate — 11 more (11ish more) men have played the character. Though “Doctor Who” started off airing just in the U.K., the show has since managed to capture millions upon millions of hearts all around the world — even though we humans only have one each. For evidence of the show’s popularity and impact, just turn to the Oxford English Dictionary — which has a few entries from “Doctor Who,” including Tardis — or »
- Emily Rome
We can’t help but feel a little disappointed at the last two Die Hard sequels. While Die Hard 4.0, or Live Free Or Die Hard if you’re Stateside, wasn’t that bad, the fifth movie, A Good Day To Die Hard certainly didn’t hit anywhere near the mark. Somewhere along the way the filmmakers, studio, producers etc. have lost their way and the whole thinking behind what made the first Die Hard great, but an independent film producer hopes to change all of that with his Die Hard 6 story idea..
Despite an official Die Hard 6 being in the works, which is being pitched as a prequel and sequel with Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4) directing, indie film writer and producer Eric D. Wilkinson took out a »
- Paul Heath
Given its setting during the Christmas season and with “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” playing as the credits rolled, Die Hard rapidly became a beloved Holiday classic. So, it’s no surprise to see 20th Century Home Entertainment kick off the Holiday gift giving season with the release of Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection. All five films in the series along with a bonus disc are packed into the base of a plastic replica of the famous locale of the first film. The structure measures 15″ high, mounted on a base which measures 7 1/8″ square and will stand proudly atop your mantle or bookshelf, a reminder of the series; enduring popularity despite the premise wearing thin with each installment.
The first, with Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis), attempting to stop terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) from killing everyone at a holiday part attended by his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia), is riveting, »
- Robert Greenberger
Earlier this month it was announced that Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman is reuniting with Bruce Willis for a sixth entry in the Die Hard franchise, which will reportedly reinvent the action series with a 1979 prequel adventure for a young John McClane and featuring flash-forward scenes with Willis in the present day.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of Rock the Kasbah, Willis has shared his excitement about the potential project, stating that: “It’s a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I’m very happy about it. It’s a really cool idea, because it’s the origin story. It’s gonna happen at the beginning of this. We’re going to bounce back and forth.”
Asked who might star as the young McClane, Willis added: “We’re not there yet. Hopefully he’s got a hard head.”
Is a Die Hard prequel a good idea, »
- Gary Collinson
As you probably already know, Fox is squeezing whatever it can out of the "Die Hard" franchise, with plans for a prequel, "Die Hard: Year One," with Len Wiseman involved. Yes, the guy behind "Live Free Or Die Hard," the shoddy "Total Recall" remake, and the mastermind of the "Underworld" franchise. The idea is that the proposed movie will follow young, '70s era John McClane as we learn how he got so die hard-esque — a story that doesn't need to be told, and betrays the everyman roots of the character — with Bruce Willis popping up in present day sequences for some reason, probably to cash a paycheck. And shocker, Willis thinks the concept has merit. Read More: 'Die Hard' Prequel 'Die Hard: Year One' In The Works, Bruce Willis Eyed To Return "It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week came word that a sixth film in the "Die Hard" series is not only moving forward, but would serve as both a prequel and a sequel to the film series so far - some of the story taking place in the present day and some back in 1979 when Bruce Willis' John McClane was just a young cop.
Attending the premiere of "Rock the Kasbah" this week, Willis confirmed the news and actually seems excited by the idea. He tells Et Online:
"It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth."
Bruce Willis adds that he will "probably" produce the film but admits he's not quite sure who will play the young John McClane: "We'll see. I don't know. »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, a new report surfaced that Die Hard 6 is moving forward, which will be set both in the 1970s and in the present day, giving fans both a prequel and a sequel at the same time. Bruce Willis will come back as iconic NYPD cop John McClane for the present day scenes, with a younger actor being sought to play the 1970s version of the beloved character. The scenes that take place in 1979 will be set 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. While attending the red carpet premiere of Rock the Kasbah, Bruce Willis shed some new light on Die Hard 6, revealing he's excited to tell John McClane's origin story.
"It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth. »
Five movies in, it’s a wonder that the concept of a back-to-basics prequel hasn’t received more attention in the past. Across the franchise’s run, each Die Hard installment has been so focused on out-doing its predecessor in the action department that the core spirit of John McClane – one reluctant hero who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time – has fallen by the wayside.
Last week, however, we learned that Fox is keen on continuing the series by way of a prequel, as it set its sights on Live Free or Die Hard (Aka Die Hard 4) director Len Wiseman and producing partner Lorenzo di Bonaventura for the nascent Die Hard 6, which now has Bruce Willis’ blessing.
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- Michael Briers
When does a story end? More important: When is a story supposed to begin?
Die Hard, arguably the greatest man-fights-terrorists-in-a-skyscraper movie ever made, begins on a plane with its scraggly hero being lectured about his feet. It's revealed, almost immediately, that our man John McClane has been a blue-blooded member of the NYPD for 11 years — we don't know a damn thing about a single one of his cases, but it's clear from the lines on his face and the exhaustion in his voice that some of them were never closed. »
20th Century Fox is working on a new installment in the "Die Hard" franchise that will serve as a prequel. The movie is currently being called "Die Hard: Year One" and will focus on a Young John McClane. The film, however, will leave room for Bruce Willis to return as an older McClane. The studio already hired "Live Free or Die Hard" helmer Len Wiseman to direct the movie. He'll be working with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The two are currently searching for a screenwriter. "Die Hard: Year One" is also comic book series released in 2009 and 2010. The first four-issue series took place in New York during the 1976 bicentennial and featured McClane fighting against terrorists. The second four-issue series was set during the 1977 New York blackout. »
Die Hard: The sixth installment in the venerable Die Hard series is under development, with plans to make it a prequel -- and a sequel. The idea is to set the bulk of the movie in 1979, when John McClane was a young police officer in New York City, with Bruce Willis showing up in the present day to bookend the story. Director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are reportedly in the midst of talks to return. [Deadline] Black Panther: Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, the upcoming Creed) is under consideration by Marvel to direct Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman is already set to star as T'Challa, ruler of the fictional country of Wakanda. Earlier this year, Ava DuVernay (Selma) discussed the job with Marvel before deciding to...
- Peter Martin
Die Hard: The sixth installment in the venerable Die Hard series is under development, with plans to make it a prequel -- and a sequel. The idea is to set the bulk of the movie in 1979, when John McClane was a young police officer in New York City, with Bruce Willis showing up in the present day to bookend the story. Director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are reportedly in the midst of talks to return. [Deadline] Black Panther: Ryan...
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We.ve now had a few hours to process the news that Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman plans to do Die Hard 6, which will be a "sort of" prequel that somehow will still find room for Bruce Willis to play John McClane . before, I assume, handing the reigns over to a younger actor set to play McClane in the late 1970s. Have fans warmed up to the idea? Let.s scan Twitter and take the temperature of the room as it pertains to Die Hard 6. @LenWiseman pic.twitter.com/l35Wny2lOJ— Hjotar Varg (@noirjouvence) October 15, 2015 Ok, then. Twitter did as Twitter does, giving fans 140 characters to express either their support or their disdain for the idea of a Die Hard prequel. As you might imagine, most of the reactions to a sixth Die Hard were swift, merciless and adamant: @LenWiseman pic.twitter.com/AnXxJ72vTJ. »
Producers plan to take the long-running action saga back to 1979 to show John McClane’s first forays into crimefighting, according to report
Bruce Willis’s next Die Hard movie – the sixth in the series – could be an origins story in which the ageing action hero stars alongside a younger actor as battling New York cop John McClane, reports Deadline.
Len Wiseman, who oversaw the fourth instalment in the long-running franchise, 2007’s Die Hard 4.0 (known as Live Free or Die Hard in the Us), looks set to return as director. Much of the action would take place in 1979, showing McClane’s first forays into crime-fighting, with Willis as an older version of the character in the present day.
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- Ben Child
20th Century Fox have revealed plans to produce a new Die Hard movie – Die Hard 6 no less, which will be a prequel and sequel. Deadline report that the film will primarily be an origin story set in 1979, with most of the action being set in New York City seeing John McClane serving as a rookie cop.
Len Wiseman, director of Live Free Or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0 in the UK), is developing the film over at 20th Century Fox, with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura coming aboard to produce. Bonaventura apparently has an existing script which they are looking to adapt into a Die Hard movie, very much like the studio did with Die Hard With A Vengeance.
As for Bruce Willis? Well, he has apparently been ‘kept in the loop’ through development, and will be involved in the new film, appearing as a modern-day McClane, along with a younger actor who will play his 1979 self. »
- Paul Heath
Thought the awful fifth instalment had killed off the Die Hard franchise for good? Think again! It has been revealed today that Fox are looking to make a deal with Live Free Or Die Hard (known as Die Hard 4.0 in the UK) helmer Len Wiseman to return to the franchise as director, with producer
The post Len Wiseman to Direct Die Hard 6, But it’s Going to be a Prequel appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
A sixth Die Hard movie is in the works, but this one will come with a twist.
According to Deadline, Bruce Willis is also back as McClane, while a different actor will play his younger version.
The film is still to find a screenwriter. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.
The Die Hard franchise has made over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office, since arriving on our screens with the original in 1988.
A Good Day To Die Hard, the last film in the series which came out in 2013, was hit with poor reviews. However, it still made $304.7 million globally.
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A Die Hard movie wouldn't be a Die Hard movie without Bruce Willis. That's why he'll still be involved in Die Hard 6, despite the fact that 20th Century Fox plans to make a prequel. How is this possible? Will Bruce Willis mo-cap a younger version of himself? Will he time travel? Nope, Fox has something much more simple planned.
Bruce Willis will only appear in Die Hard 6 as a cameo. He will bookend a story in present day, with most of the action taking place in 1979 New York City. A younger actor will be brought into establish a new version of the John McClane character, which will be set 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. No specific details were given for the story at this time.
He's been harder, had a vengeance, lived free and endured a not-so-good day as part of the Die Hard series. But could Bruce Willis have at least one more Die Hard sequel in him? Fox certainly hopes so. Deadline is reporting that the studio is "making a deal" with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman to return to the series and craft a Die Hard 6 chapter that would act as "sort of a prequel" that still would find a way for Willis to return to his signature role of John McClane. That's confusing? The report suggests that the idea Fox is pursuing would have Willis acting in a bookending story that frames a main story set in 1979, with young John McClane as a beat cop in New York City. long before the day he became a national hero by saving the victims of Nakatomi Plaza. It »
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also producing. Bruce Willis is expected to return for “Die Hard 6” in a story that would focus on the origins of the younger John McClane character, set in New York City in 1979. The plan is for Willis to appear in the narrative as a present-day version of McClane.
The actor has not signed a deal yet. Willis previously worked with di Bonaventura in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Wiseman directed the fourth installment of the franchise in 2007 with “Live Free or Die Hard,” which grossed $383 million worldwide. The fifth film, 2013’s “A Good Day to Die Hard,” was directed by John Moore and grossed $304 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
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