Bruce Willis will return as John McClane in a Die Hard sequel that will also serve as a prequel of sorts.
It’s been almost two years since the idea of the part-prequel, part-sequel was first floated.
The plan was to center the action around two parallel stories; one which would see Willis playing McClane in the present day and another chronicling the experiences of McClane in his younger days as New York cop.
The younger McClane would be played by another actor, rather than relying on Willis and any potentially iffy CGI aging effects.
Some two years on and it seemed like the project had stalled, with no word on whether the sequel-prequel would be going ahead. However, director and producer Len Wiseman has now confirmed to Deadline that the project is a go and that Willis is already onboard.
Casting for the film is already underway, though there is no word yet on who the studio, Willis or Wiseman may have in mind for the role of the young McClane. “The right casting for this role is crucial,” Wiseman told Deadline. “Those bare feet have some very big shoes to fill.”
Wiseman previously directed Willis in 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, which was a box office hit despite some lukewarm reviews. Worse was to come in 2013 though, when the follow-up, A Good Day to Die Hard arrived.
The film, which saw Willis team up with his “son” Jai Courtney, scored even worse reviews but once again cleaned up at the cinema and on home release with fans.
And while it may have disappointed, the presence of the film does at least mean there is little to no chance of Courtney being cast as the young McClane. Given the number of blockbusters that guy has managed to destroy, that’s no bad thing.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.