Die Hard 5 Gets a Director
02.15.11 by Ryan
Bruce Willis has made no secret about wanting to a make Die Hard 5, revealing last February that a fifth installment could begin production in 2011. The action star also discussed that he hoped the story for Die Hard 5 would "go worldwide." Months later, 20th Century Fox was negotiating with screenwriter Skip Woods (The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to draft the screenplay.
As for a director, Willis has expressed interest in re-teaming with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman, but, according to recent reports, Fox has hired a different director instead.
Deadline reports that Noam Murro (Smart People) has been placed in charge of the sequel, which will continue to develop Woods' script. But Vulture reports that Fox wasn't satisfied with the most recent draft, and was "heading back to the drawing board."
What Woods' initial draft was about is unknown, though recent rumors have Willis' character, Detective John McClane, battling yet another of the Gruber clan. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) was in the first Die Hard, while older brother Simon (Jeremy Irons) sought revenge in the third installment, Die Hard with a Vengeance. The Gruber rumor was issued by Australian site What's Playing which revealed that it would be yet another Gruber sibling that would try to destroy McClane this time around. Even if the rumor is true (which is completely unknown), the villain could be changed now that Woods' script will be revised.
Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still life in the Die Hard franchise, earning $383 million worldwide. Willis is still not signed to Die Hard 5, but, considering his publicly expressed interest in returning (and the fact that a Die Hard sequel without Willis wouldn't make much sense), his return is likely a matter of dollars.