Empire (Australasia) - - TOWER OF TERROR -


HE’S SAVED A sky­scraper, used an ici­cle as a weapon, surfed a truck, killed a he­li­copter with a car, and did what­ever the hell he did in

A Good Day To Die Hard — no way we’re re­watch­ing it to check. In short, mav­er­ick cop John Mc­clane is well de­serv­ing of a re­tire­ment in which he does noth­ing but sit back in an easy chair, watch­ing re­peats of The Roy Rogers Show. But that is not on the cards: an­other in­stal­ment of Die Hard is in de­vel­op­ment, and even now job­bing ac­tors are stand­ing in front of mir­rors, perfecting their most Gru­be­rian sneer.

“We ac­tu­ally handed in a script to the stu­dio about a week ago,” pro­ducer Lorenzo di­bonaven­tura told Em­pire in early July, “and we’re wait­ing for them to re­spond. I think it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing and fresh. I did not want to get in­volved with Die Hard un­less we were go­ing to do some­thing to re­claim it, frankly. You can tell our in­ten­tion by the fact that the ti­tle page we handed in says, ‘MC­CLANE’. We want you to get in­vested in John Mc­clane more than ever be­fore.”

Ru­mours have cir­cu­lated that the project, pre­vi­ously known as

Die Hard: Year One, will be a pre­quel, with min­i­mal in­volve­ment from Bruce Willis. But di Bon­aven­tura de­bunks this. “I don’t know how you do Die Hard with­out Bruce,” he says. “The idea that he’s not very sig­nif­i­cant in this movie is not ac­cu­rate at all. We are gonna ex­plore John Mc­clane in his twen­ties. But just as prom­i­nent is the 60-year-old ver­sion. And he’s still a fly in the oint­ment.” No mat­ter what his yippee-ki-age. NICK DE SEMLYEN

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