Still holding on to his youth for dear life, Bruce Willis is yet again stepping into the impossibly blood soaked shoes of John McClane, New York City super cop. Fox Films President Tom Rothman revealed yesterday (on Jim Rome’s show, no less) that A Good Day to Die Hard will begin shooting in January 2012 for a February 14, 2013 release date. Yes, that really is the title, but no word on whether the movie itself will revolve around St. Valentine’s Day. Since the first time John McClane was in the wrong place at the wrong time (from his and the bad guys’ perspective, anyhow) during a Christmas party and actually makes for a decent holiday season movie, I’m not ruling V-Day out.
Bruce Willis seems willing to do anything to recapture the Christmas miracle of the first Die Hard, except, of course, making his signature character a recognizable human being again. John McClane vs. a fucking fighter jet belongs in a Wolverine movie… So, it’s probably not a good sign that the creative genius behind the X-Men Origins: Wolverine screenplay, Skip Woods (Skip. Woods.), wrote the A Good Day to Die Hard script. Thankfully, Willis’ handpicked director, John Moore, helmed such modern classics as Max Payne, The Omen, and Behind Enemy Lines… Oh. Oh. Well, at least this movie won’t have the Short Roundy presence of Justin Long, so maybe Mary Elizabeth Winstead will get a bigger role as daughter Lucy… Wait, no, instead A Good Day to Die Hard will have the Mutt Williamsy presence of the yet-to-be-cast John McClane Jr. playing die hard with daddy.
Indeed, it looks like the fifth Die Hard could have a hand-off-the-franchise storyline that finds the McClane Boys foiling a terrorist plot that threatens to damn the entire planet to some sort of hell. Because when you die hard in a Skyscraper and then die harder in an Airport and then die hard with a vengeance in New York and then live free in America or die hard, the only next logical progression is to find a good day in the World to die hard. You know, an adventure that not just any elderly police officer and his ne’er do well son would be capable of. I guess being a super cop is hereditary. Did I mention the action takes place in Russia, with Russian terrorists? In Russia? Did I mention that? I don’t think I did, but it does. A Good Day to Die Hard has Russia all over it, because we’ve come all the way back around to Russian villains in order not to piss off any other nationality. I guess they’ve developed a psychic callous about this sort of thing.
Wait, I’ve writing all this almost as if the whole thing was an inevitability, but why do we need a new Die Hard, again?