Thursday, October 13, 2011

John McClane Has "A Good Day To Die Hard"

20th Century Fox reports that the fifth "Die Hard" feature, starring Bruce Willis, will be titled "A Good Day to Die Hard", to be directed by John Moore ("Max Payne"), now prepping for a January 2012 start in Russia :

"...'John McClane' (Willis) has always found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over.

"Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son 'Jack' is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, with father and son McClane working together to keep each other alive and the world safe for democracy..."

The 2007 release of "Die Hard 4" aka "Live Free or Die Hard" grossed $383.5 million theatrical worldwide. The franchise kicked off with director John McTiernan's $28 million budgeted "Die Hard", released in 1988, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, for producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon.

Based on the 1979 novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by author Roderick Thorp, that book was a sequel to the novel "The Detective", previously adapted into a 1968 feature starring Frank Sinatra.

The first "Die Hard" movie followed its source material closely, with much of the film's memorable scenes, characters and dialogue taken directly from "Nothing Lasts Forever", subsequently adapted as a stand-alone movie when Sinatra refused to appear in a sequel to "The Detective".

In 2009, comic book publishers Boom! Studios began publishing the early adventures of 'Detective John McClane', written by Howard Chaykin.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Die Hard"...