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Len Wiseman explains why he's interested in Die Hard: Year One

01.21.2016

The DIE HARD franchise needs to go away for awhile... or maybe, forever... I don't exactly know.

However, what I do know is that with each new chapter added to the series, each new half-assed story they attempt to tell, our memories of what was once a great action hero - John McClane - are diminished more and more. They'll never be able to take the amazingness of the original DIE HARD (arguably the best action movie of all-time) away from us... but for some reason, they insist on pushing us to the point of wishing they would take John McClane far, far away, to somewhere we never have to see him again.

The last couple of DIE HARD sequels have been atrocious. They resemble very little of what made the franchise once great, and it seems like everyone involved in keeping this brand alive, from Bruce Willis to 20th Century Fox, has lost their way on what DIE HARD is all about. And with DIE HARD: YEAR ONE in the works, it doesn't appear they're about to get their groove back anytime soon.

Speaking to Collider recently, Len Wiseman was asked about YEAR ONE, and he offered up some insight on what made this new story interesting for him to explore.

After doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce [Willis] and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1. That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy?

We’ve never seen the actual love story. We know its demise, but we’ve never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in ‘78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.

Yeah... they're going there.

They are going to go out of their way to try to explain why John McClane is the way he is, because apparently "that's the way he was born" isn't good enough.

When has this approach ever really worked out or told a good tale? Did it work when they tried to explain away Michael Myers or Hannibal Lecter or any other characters they were so desperate not to let go off? This has bad idea written all over it.

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Source: Collider

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8:57AM on 01/22/2016
Well, Live Free and Die Hard was a decent-ish action movie with Wiseman at the helm.The PG-13 ratings took a lot of fun out of the franchise, but at least it's a whole lot more entertaining than A Good Day to Push Jai Courtney Hard. Still not expecting the upcoming movie to be any good, but who knows. Would be hard to find someone who can play young Bruce Willis, though.
Well, Live Free and Die Hard was a decent-ish action movie with Wiseman at the helm.The PG-13 ratings took a lot of fun out of the franchise, but at least it's a whole lot more entertaining than A Good Day to Push Jai Courtney Hard. Still not expecting the upcoming movie to be any good, but who knows. Would be hard to find someone who can play young Bruce Willis, though.
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12:31PM on 01/22/2016
Joseph Gordon Levitt could play him, and the movie should actually be about how he kills himself before Live Free or Die Hard can be made. I think I saw a movie where Gordon Levitt did something similar...
Joseph Gordon Levitt could play him, and the movie should actually be about how he kills himself before Live Free or Die Hard can be made. I think I saw a movie where Gordon Levitt did something similar...
7:55AM on 01/22/2016

Stop it. Stop it now.

If you want to make a story about a cop in the 70's that goes through a tough time that strains his marriage and eventually turns him into a John Mclane type, why not make that movie but NOT try to ride of the coat tails of a franchise that had a fantastic start but has been beaten like a dead horse? Start something new, create a new character an ORIGINAL character for God's sake! There are sooooo many fresh ideas out there in Hollywood, just stop being so friggin' lazy and give them a shot.
If you want to make a story about a cop in the 70's that goes through a tough time that strains his marriage and eventually turns him into a John Mclane type, why not make that movie but NOT try to ride of the coat tails of a franchise that had a fantastic start but has been beaten like a dead horse? Start something new, create a new character an ORIGINAL character for God's sake! There are sooooo many fresh ideas out there in Hollywood, just stop being so friggin' lazy and give them a shot.
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7:33AM on 01/22/2016
You may be interested in it Mr. Wiseman but you sure as fuck don't get it.
You may be interested in it Mr. Wiseman but you sure as fuck don't get it.
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6:09AM on 01/22/2016

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This is a terrible, terrible idea, and also, that video was fucking shit.
This is a terrible, terrible idea, and also, that video was fucking shit.
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11:25PM on 01/21/2016
JON VOIGHT'S BALLS!
I'll let Patton Oswalt explain his policy on prequels: [link]
JON VOIGHT'S BALLS!
I'll let Patton Oswalt explain his policy on prequels: [link]
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8:56PM on 01/21/2016
Awful idea. Please cancel this garbage.
Awful idea. Please cancel this garbage.
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8:30PM on 01/21/2016
McClane doesn't need an origins. I always liked the fact that he was the right guy caught up in the wrong situation. Just your average guy trying to do the right thing by his morals and country.
McClane doesn't need an origins. I always liked the fact that he was the right guy caught up in the wrong situation. Just your average guy trying to do the right thing by his morals and country.
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7:52PM on 01/21/2016

When they reverse engineer origin stories, they tend to be awful...

If an origin is written ahead of time, it tends to work. When they take a character and try to explain their motivations years later (in this case 25+), it ends up like Hannibal Rising, the Star Wars prequels, or something like Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. There are plenty more examples but these popped into my head.
If an origin is written ahead of time, it tends to work. When they take a character and try to explain their motivations years later (in this case 25+), it ends up like Hannibal Rising, the Star Wars prequels, or something like Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. There are plenty more examples but these popped into my head.
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7:46PM on 01/21/2016

Len Wiseman? That dude's a hack and a shitty director. HE hasn't made a single good movie.

Len Wiseman is to Hollywood as Aids is to Africa. It's a fuckin travesty and there needs to be more support on taking care of the problem. He needs to go.
Len Wiseman is to Hollywood as Aids is to Africa. It's a fuckin travesty and there needs to be more support on taking care of the problem. He needs to go.
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7:19PM on 01/21/2016

so....

They are trying to make a movie out of something that you essentially figure out in the first 10 minutes of the movie. You understand why his wife left and why his captain doesn't like him by the time he gets to her office and see's her haha.
They are trying to make a movie out of something that you essentially figure out in the first 10 minutes of the movie. You understand why his wife left and why his captain doesn't like him by the time he gets to her office and see's her haha.
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7:15PM on 01/21/2016

Len Wiseman explains...

"They filled my pool with money! Fifty dollar bills, man! Seriously, not funny money, the real thing! Took four garbage trucks! Oh, the characters are really near and (giggles while looking at pool) dear to me...yeah!" (runs and does a belly flop in the pool wearing Underworld bathing suit)
"They filled my pool with money! Fifty dollar bills, man! Seriously, not funny money, the real thing! Took four garbage trucks! Oh, the characters are really near and (giggles while looking at pool) dear to me...yeah!" (runs and does a belly flop in the pool wearing Underworld bathing suit)
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7:01PM on 01/21/2016
still not a good justification. Some stories are just best being untold...
still not a good justification. Some stories are just best being untold...
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6:53PM on 01/21/2016
"I don't give a shit where the stuff I love comes from! I just love the stuff I love!" - Patton Oswalt
"I don't give a shit where the stuff I love comes from! I just love the stuff I love!" - Patton Oswalt
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6:37PM on 01/21/2016

NO!

The only way I'd be even remotely interested in another Die Hard is with John McTiernan at the helm and if the old Bruce Willis came back. The one who didn't sleepwalk through every single role.
The only way I'd be even remotely interested in another Die Hard is with John McTiernan at the helm and if the old Bruce Willis came back. The one who didn't sleepwalk through every single role.
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6:33PM on 01/21/2016
No. Just no. Let the Die Hard franchise stop and especially don't let Les Wiseman anywhere near it if it must continue.
No. Just no. Let the Die Hard franchise stop and especially don't let Les Wiseman anywhere near it if it must continue.
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6:39PM on 01/21/2016
After the good news yesterday that they were finally putting the Terminator franchise out of it's misery here comes this bullshit.
After the good news yesterday that they were finally putting the Terminator franchise out of it's misery here comes this bullshit.
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5:53PM on 01/21/2016

Why are they doing this?!!!!

And Len Wiseman should not be allowed anywhere near this! He turned John McClane into a super hero cop instead of the every day cop caught in an out of the ordinary situation. Fuck you Lenny, fuck you!!!!!
And Len Wiseman should not be allowed anywhere near this! He turned John McClane into a super hero cop instead of the every day cop caught in an out of the ordinary situation. Fuck you Lenny, fuck you!!!!!
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