April 15, 2014

DIE HARD 6/DIE HARDEST Includes Zeus, Nakatomi & Japan..Should John McTierman Direct?

There were possible plot-points concerning Fox's Die Hard 6/Die Hardest revealed back in November. Screenwriter Ben Trebilcook revealed to WhatCulture that McClane would be invited by the Nakatomi Corporation to Japan for the 30th anniversary of the hostage crisis. Mentioning the tone would be more similar to the 90's film Rising Sun.

“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.” 

He also talked that Zeus Carver (played by Samuel L. Jackson) from Die Hard With A Vengeance could be returning.

"My story, being set in Japan, obviously has Nakatomi playing an extremely significant role; in a way that.. well, it’s John McClane in Japan and if you’ve seen any Japanese movies or at least know anything about their culture at all, you know it would have a lot of potential to be nuts. It’s not Ichi The Killer, but it is crazy and as real as you can get in these realms. It’s violent, but not over the top nor unnecessarily Loony Tune like Olympus. It’s well researched, faithful to the franchise, yet giving a possible audience such a refreshing punch to the face, they’ll be saying ‘Wow. I really wasn’t expecting that.’ You want a nugget, don’t you? I’m pretty sure it’s out there. A few Japanese fans on Twitter put two and two together when I uploaded a picture of a Katana (Samurai Sword) with some kanji reading ‘Zeus’. Yes, I’ve written Zeus Carver in for Samuel L Jackson."

"Like I said before, it’s not a buddy-buddy script, but you can’t ignore him. Zeus played a major part in McClane’s life. They went through a lot together. They would certainly, without a doubt, still be in contact. A guy I know, Stel, wrote the 51st State (aka Formula 51) with Sam the Man. I put the idea to him and he said Sam would probably love to have a sword in a movie; that’s how you could woo him. Let’s say I have a Better Tomorrow 2 vibe. Have you seen that film? Tell you what else? Probably the best ‘Yippie Ki Yay’ one could ever hope for. "

There is now a bit more hinting to Jackson and Willis reuniting for the 6th installment, as LatinoReview tweets it could be happening. Stating the project is out to screenwriters, but will have to involve both Zeus and John in the film, the size of Zeus' role is unknown. This could mean that Fox has moved-on from Trebilcook, I'm sure dishing a majority of the plot wasn't a good move, on his part.

The last two installments hired two directors, that didn't really add anything to the franchise. There has only been one director that has returned to make a sequel, and that was John McTierman. He's arguably one of the greatest action directors of the 80s, helming other films such as Predator and The Hunt For Red October. John recently was released from prison (over some wire-tapping charges, which is ironic post-NSA scandal) and is ready to get back to work. Die Hard and Die Hard With A Vengeance are the strongest chapters, and were directed by McTierman. Having him return, considering all the elements which are expected to be in the film, would be a very smart move. I can see John taking all the familiar things and giving us a bigger/better action flick.

At one point it was rumored that Shane Black (Last Boy Scout, Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) would consult on the project, it's unknown how true this is. That said, Shane Black is being linked to the project and knowing how the buddy-film dynamic works, he'd knock it out of the park as well. It doesn't hurt that his last film earned $1.3 billion, and Doc Savage is still stuck in development.

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