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Bruce Willis' appearance in Die Hard: Year One will be more than a cameo

01.15.2016

Unfortunately it seems like DIE HARD is one franchise that doesn't know when to quit. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD received such a thrashing by critics and fans that I honestly thought that would be it for the franchise. However, as we know now, that's not the case and the series will continue...by going back to its roots. DIE HARD: YEAR ONE will be a prequel which will place much of the action in 1979, when John McClane "was a cop in gritty New York City and showing how he became a die hard kind of guy." As you can't have a DIE HARD flick without Bruce Willis, it was reported that the increasingly disinterested actor would appear in scenes book-ending the 1979 story-line.

Those of you who were wishing for more of Bruce Willis' John McClane will be pleased by this latest development; /Film caught up with Len Wiseman at the Television Critics Association where Wiseman confirmed that Willis' appearance in the film will be more than a mere book-end cameo.

He will be more present than that. This character of course is modern day and the origin story if you can call it that has ramifications on present day McClane. What it’s not is it’s not a cameo bookend scenario. It’s a prequel/sequel hybrid that I really haven’t seen before and is incredibly different.

Whatever it is that young McClane gets himself involved with, Len Wiseman is aware that it can't be so earth-shattering that he's already a superhero before the Nakatomi hostage situation in the first DIE HARD. Wiseman also seems quite interested in exploring just what made John McClane the man with the "incredible chip on his shoulder" that he is in DIE HARD, asking "what caused all that? Why was he already that guy?" I wish I could say that knowing Bruce Willis will have more to do in DIE HARD: YEAR ONE than we previously thought is a comfort, but he just seems so bored with everything now that I was almost looking forward to the burst of energy that a younger John McClane would hopefully bring to the film. Almost.

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8:51PM on 01/17/2016
After the last film I'm really skeptical. Get John McTiernan back and give us a proper film! I'm not interested in another film where they get the director who will ask for the least amount of money to direct this. Give us a great script and director, or don't bother!
After the last film I'm really skeptical. Get John McTiernan back and give us a proper film! I'm not interested in another film where they get the director who will ask for the least amount of money to direct this. Give us a great script and director, or don't bother!
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6:47PM on 01/17/2016

Well, cant be any worse than the last two Die Hards...

Dont get me wrong, I expect this movie to be terrible, but I honestly found the last two Die Hards to be unwatchable. This is a typical studio move where they are desparate to capitalize on the branding of the Die Hard franchise without any kind of decent plan in doing so. This movie will resemble John McClane and Die Hard only by the title and explosions.
Dont get me wrong, I expect this movie to be terrible, but I honestly found the last two Die Hards to be unwatchable. This is a typical studio move where they are desparate to capitalize on the branding of the Die Hard franchise without any kind of decent plan in doing so. This movie will resemble John McClane and Die Hard only by the title and explosions.
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5:33PM on 01/17/2016
Sounds like they're taking a page out of "Arrow"'s playbook.
Sounds like they're taking a page out of "Arrow"'s playbook.
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12:45PM on 01/17/2016
Every time I hear something about this movie, I hate it more and more...maybe they're hoping to not end on a flop?
Every time I hear something about this movie, I hate it more and more...maybe they're hoping to not end on a flop?
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10:24AM on 01/17/2016

I'm down...

I see where they are going with this and I like the concept. Basically, they are going to have the old McClane in a present day scenario against a bad guy from his past. It will likely bounce back and forth from young McClane to old to tell both stories simultaneously about how this one criminal made him "hard" and now he's back to seek revenge. Sounds like a Die Hard film to me mixed with a little Noir. So I'm going to give it a shot.
I see where they are going with this and I like the concept. Basically, they are going to have the old McClane in a present day scenario against a bad guy from his past. It will likely bounce back and forth from young McClane to old to tell both stories simultaneously about how this one criminal made him "hard" and now he's back to seek revenge. Sounds like a Die Hard film to me mixed with a little Noir. So I'm going to give it a shot.
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4:55PM on 01/16/2016
Maybe with McClane having a chip on his shoulder without giving us all the details makes the character more interesting. Why does Hollywood need to explain every detail of a character? Sometimes less is more.
Maybe with McClane having a chip on his shoulder without giving us all the details makes the character more interesting. Why does Hollywood need to explain every detail of a character? Sometimes less is more.
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1:29PM on 01/16/2016
Die Hard franchise is done.. let it go and make some original action movies. Oh wait, this is hollywood, so nah
Die Hard franchise is done.. let it go and make some original action movies. Oh wait, this is hollywood, so nah
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1:01PM on 01/16/2016

Better Idea for Die Hard 6...

There was a producer who took out a full page ad in the Hollywood Reporter for his proposed take on DH6. He actually gets a lot more right than wrong. Check it out:
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There was a producer who took out a full page ad in the Hollywood Reporter for his proposed take on DH6. He actually gets a lot more right than wrong. Check it out:
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11:49AM on 01/16/2016
I'd be okay with this if it ends with John McClane finally dying. Six failed murder attempts are hard enough.

Also, I'd rather have the whole franchise rebooted with Bruce Willis replaced by Sean Bean. I'm not saying he'll make a better Die Hard franchise, but if there's one guy who deserve a chance to be a badass who doesn't die in the end, it's him.
I'd be okay with this if it ends with John McClane finally dying. Six failed murder attempts are hard enough.

Also, I'd rather have the whole franchise rebooted with Bruce Willis replaced by Sean Bean. I'm not saying he'll make a better Die Hard franchise, but if there's one guy who deserve a chance to be a badass who doesn't die in the end, it's him.
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11:38AM on 01/16/2016

Fuck this movie.

That is all.
That is all.
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11:38AM on 01/16/2016
This is fucking stupid. He wasn't a "Die Hard kind of guy" you morons! That was the best part of the first Die Hard. he wasn't a super cop. He was a normal police officer thrown into a situation where he had to survive. Whatever. Its being made, I just don't have to see it.
This is fucking stupid. He wasn't a "Die Hard kind of guy" you morons! That was the best part of the first Die Hard. he wasn't a super cop. He was a normal police officer thrown into a situation where he had to survive. Whatever. Its being made, I just don't have to see it.
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10:57AM on 01/16/2016

"How he became a Die Hard guy"

Someone at FOX has been doing meth.
Someone at FOX has been doing meth.
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10:51AM on 01/16/2016

JGL as young John McClane?

I will be on board, only as long as JGL goes back into the makeup chair and becomes young Bruce once again.
I will be on board, only as long as JGL goes back into the makeup chair and becomes young Bruce once again.
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9:31AM on 01/18/2016
LOL! I like this comment. I 100% agree with you on this. I would love to see that.
LOL! I like this comment. I 100% agree with you on this. I would love to see that.
10:22AM on 01/16/2016
Do we really need this? I mean, who would want a prequel to Die Hard? We all know John McClane the character. It's like that Hannibal Lecter prequel about young Hannibal that was so bad that it really was awfully bad.
Do we really need this? I mean, who would want a prequel to Die Hard? We all know John McClane the character. It's like that Hannibal Lecter prequel about young Hannibal that was so bad that it really was awfully bad.
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8:17AM on 01/16/2016
It's crap like this that makes people dread reboots/prequels. McClane is a badass NYC cop when he ends up stuck in a tower in LA. There's no need to go back and say "this is the one event that made him this way".
It's crap like this that makes people dread reboots/prequels. McClane is a badass NYC cop when he ends up stuck in a tower in LA. There's no need to go back and say "this is the one event that made him this way".
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7:10AM on 01/16/2016
"Itís a prequel/sequel hybrid that I really havenít seen before and is incredibly different."

Then he didn't see that episode of Hawaii Five-0 in whch some old guy went after McGarret because his father arrested him back in the day or the Hawaii Five-0 episode with Flashbacks to when Danno was working as a cop in New Jersey or the Amazing Spider-Man 2 with its falshbacks to Peter's father or Batman Begins with its flashbacks or Daredevil or Jessica Jones or Arrow or any movie or TV show with
"Itís a prequel/sequel hybrid that I really havenít seen before and is incredibly different."

Then he didn't see that episode of Hawaii Five-0 in whch some old guy went after McGarret because his father arrested him back in the day or the Hawaii Five-0 episode with Flashbacks to when Danno was working as a cop in New Jersey or the Amazing Spider-Man 2 with its falshbacks to Peter's father or Batman Begins with its flashbacks or Daredevil or Jessica Jones or Arrow or any movie or TV show with flashbacks.
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6:41AM on 01/16/2016

Worst idea since ghostbusters remake

And how do they explain him looking very different from die hard 1 maclane, taking place only a couple of years later
And how do they explain him looking very different from die hard 1 maclane, taking place only a couple of years later
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5:19AM on 01/16/2016
I predict this film will die.

...hard.
I predict this film will die.

...hard.
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1:23AM on 01/16/2016

Why? Seriously, Why?

I agree with Agent Mulder, I don't know a single person that wants this either. And no one is desperate to know how John McClane came to be John McClane BECAUSE WE FOUND OUT HOW JOHN MCCLANE CAME TO BE JOHN MCCLANE IN DIE HARD!!!!!! No one wants this film. Hey Fox, remember when fans said, "Hey, about that Fantastic Four reboot......yeaaaaah we're really not digging how that is starting to sound......", maybe you should listen to us this time. Honestly, if they wanted to do a sixth one and
I agree with Agent Mulder, I don't know a single person that wants this either. And no one is desperate to know how John McClane came to be John McClane BECAUSE WE FOUND OUT HOW JOHN MCCLANE CAME TO BE JOHN MCCLANE IN DIE HARD!!!!!! No one wants this film. Hey Fox, remember when fans said, "Hey, about that Fantastic Four reboot......yeaaaaah we're really not digging how that is starting to sound......", maybe you should listen to us this time. Honestly, if they wanted to do a sixth one and nabbed someone like McQuarrie to direct and write, and it sent him off on a high note getting the bad taste of A Good Day out of my mouth, I would be interested......but that's not happening so scrap it.
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12:03AM on 01/16/2016
Too late in my opinion. Willis must want another easy paycheck at this point.
Too late in my opinion. Willis must want another easy paycheck at this point.
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10:26PM on 01/15/2016

Lame

I don't know a single person that wants this, and I don't know anyone who's desperate to hear how John McClane came to be John McClane. I don't know why Hollywood is fascinated with these origin stories when 9 times out of 10 they bomb...Either make a sequel to fix how shitty the last one was, or stop making these.
I don't know a single person that wants this, and I don't know anyone who's desperate to hear how John McClane came to be John McClane. I don't know why Hollywood is fascinated with these origin stories when 9 times out of 10 they bomb...Either make a sequel to fix how shitty the last one was, or stop making these.
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10:14AM on 01/16/2016
damn, i'm also really really mystified with that myself. it's a fuckin' mystery why we keep getting stories of gotham before batman, when wolverine was young, when darth vader was a fuckin' kid, when pete parker got bitten by a spider TWICE.
damn, i'm also really really mystified with that myself. it's a fuckin' mystery why we keep getting stories of gotham before batman, when wolverine was young, when darth vader was a fuckin' kid, when pete parker got bitten by a spider TWICE.
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