'Max Payne' Director John Moore Might Step Up to Helm 'Die Hard 5'
Early in February we learned that Halo: Reach short film director Noam Murro was being lined up to direct the gestating sequel Die Hard 5 with Bruce Willis stepping into John McClane's shoes yet again. However, not too long ago we learned Murro would instead sit in the director's chair for the prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia (the project formerly known as Xerxes). Apparently his commitment to that film has forced him to step away from the sequel, but Twitch has learned that Behind Enemy Lines and Max Payne director John Moore has now been offered the film, and they even have a few interesting plot details.
After dealing with terrorists and killing bad guys in Los Angeles, Virginia, New York City and Washington D.C., it sounds like this fifth installment of the franchise will take John McClane and the action outside of the United Sates. This new sequel, from A-Team writer Skip Woods, will apparently have everyone's favorite cop heading to Russia with his son where the two are drawn into some sort of conflict with local forces. John McClane Jr. briefly appeared in the first film and is referenced as "Jack" in Live Free or Die Hard when villain Thomas Gabriel runs through some of McClane's personal information. Supposedly the character was originally included in a draft of the fourth sequel, but didn't make the final cut. Having a father-son duo for this new sequel might make things interesting, but only if we get back to the bloody, R-rated action and colorful language we've come to expect from a Die Hard film that was sadly missing from the last sequel.
UPDATE: Deadline has expanded the list of directors who could take on Die Hard 5 to include Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson) and Justin Lin (Fast Five). Refn will likely be busy with the Logan's Run remake, and Lin already has another Fast and the Furious film lined up along with being attached to the next installment of the Terminator franchise, but Cornish has yet to line up his next gig to follow the praised sci-fi action flick Attack the Block which just hit theaters this past weekend. I'd love to see Cornish take on the film instead of Moore, but it's not clear who will get the gig just yet. Stay tuned.