Bruce Willis Looking to Retire John McClane After 'Die Hard 6'
Throughout this year we've reported intermittent updates on yet another action romp with Bruce Willis as Det. John McClane in a sequel that may or may not be called Die Hard 24/7. Though the title and details on the plot are unknown, Willis is definitely coming back for another Die Hard with writer Skip Woods (The A-Team) behind the story. Though some people think Live Free or Die Hard forced John McClane to jump the shark like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, ShowbizSpy (via Screen Crave) reveals that he'll do another sequel after the fifth Die Hard film, but the sixth film in the series will likely be his last.
While promoting his newest film RED, Willis spoke candidly about his age, the chances of him getting replaced in the Die Hard franchise, and his plans for the future of the series:
“In the next few years they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else. But for me, I want to do 'Die Hard 5,' then one final 'Die Hard' movie — 'Die Hard 6' — before finally hanging that white vest up for good. At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen. But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That’s when I’ll step away from the 'Die Hard' films.
Though Willis says Die Hard 6 will likely be his stopping point, it sounds more like he's simply self-aware of his age soon stopping him from intense action. Of course, Harrison Ford is even older than Willis and he's still cracking whips and fighting Russians, so who knows when Willis will stop fighting bad guys. Surely the studio will be interested in keeping the franchise alive as long as they can. Fortunately, it doesn't look like Willis will retire anytime soon as the actor says, "I never thought of acting as work, and I don’t look at what I do as work so I won’t retire.” For now, we're waiting to hear when we'll next see John McClane on screen again, so stay tuned.