A Good Day to Die Hard is certainly in the discussion when it comes to the worst films of 2013, but it played well internationally (it was the lowest grossing film in the franchise’s history here in America, though) so obviously this means we need yet another Die Hard film. And we’re getting one whether you like it or not.
Now before we go any further, we need to caution that the following is based entirely off of the word of a British screenwriter named Ben Trebilcook. As far as we can tell, Trebilcook is not attached to a new Die Hard film in any official way. According to him, however, Larry D. Webster, who was only a consulting producer on A Good Day to Die Hard, is supposedly very interested in getting his screenplay off the ground. So for now, don't expect any of the below to pan out anytime soon. But if it does, it'll make for a good story of a random British guy landing a gig for a major studio movie by drumming up his own press before the job is actually his.
Trebilcook told the website What Culture [via IndieWire] about his new tale, which will once again feature Bruce Willis’ John McClane in a foreign country taking on international bad guys. This time out, McClane’s headed to the Land of the Rising Sun, where he’ll presumably square off against the yakuza. As a lover of Die Hard and yakuza flicks, I should be thrilled by this, but I’ve got a wicked case of John McClane fatigue and my doctor tells me the only cure is to stop torturing myself with Die Hard sequels.
Here’s what Trebilcook is saying about his screenplay:
“I can say that McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives, celebrating this on the 30th anniversary of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis. It’s by no means Black Rain, perhaps has a slight Rising Sun type tone. It’s also not a double-act, buddy-buddy story. McClane began on his own and should end on his own. Of course he’s had assistance in various guises, aiding him in his ventures; but it’s not Lethal Weapon or a Jackie Chan film.”
It’s amusing that Trebilcook goes out of his way to say “it’s not Black Rain or Lethal Weapon, but is sort of like Rising Sun.” Way to not model your film after a classic action flick and a moderately entertaining yarn about American cops in Japan while instead comparing it to a Michael Crichton crapfest mostly remembered for Sean Connery’s awful hairpiece.
Trebilcook goes on to add that everything is going to be great because he has a famous Hollywood director friend who told him the script ticks all the fan service boxes and is a “keen page-turner” (keen page-turner? I hope this isn’t an example of the dialogue in the script). But unless this anonymous-but-famous friend works at 20th Century Fox, it really doesn't matter what he supposedly thinks. So while we don't believe this movie is actually on the verge of happening, it is kind of fascinating to see how Trebilcook and the increasingly bizarre story behind the film keep popping up in the news.
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