With the upcoming sixth “Die Hard” film likely to be the last, 20th Century Fox’s action franchise is said to be going back in time at least partially for the new outing.
We learned the other week that “Die Hard: Year One” would employ a “The Godfather Part II” style structure – jumping between the present day and the past to tell a story that has elements across both time periods. Those past scenes would involve the early career of Bruce Willis’ John McClane character.
Speaking with Collider, producer Len Wiseman went into more detail about the specific time setting and how the project will interconnect:
“[In the first ‘Die Hard’] He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy? We’ve never seen the actual love story. We know its demise, but we’ve never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in ’78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.
I’m…not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick. It’s really working into the plot, with the ’70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane. The film itself will take place on New Years’ Eve 1979, so trying to gear things towards that would be fun, if we could come out around the same time, but these movies take their own paths.”
Still no word as to when the film will head into production.