'Die Hard' Series Heading to Tokyo with New Writer's 'Die Hardest'

April 30, 2013
Source: Total Film

Bruce Willis

Just this past February, John McClane (Bruce Willis) headed to Russia for A Good Day to Die Hard, teaming the seemingly indestructible detective up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) for the first time. While most of the reviews weren't too kind, I found a good amount of things to enjoy about the action sequel. When the film hit theaters, there were rumblings that a sixth installment was already in the works. Now Total Film reports Ben Trebilcook is writing a treatment for a sequel that is tentatively called Die Hardest and will send John McClane to Tokyo, which sounds like a spec he wrote a little while back.

Trebilcook actually turned in a script for Die Hard 4 on spec, but Fox never used it. However, the script did start McClane in New York City and then send him to Tokyo for most of the film. Interestingly enough, the script also saw McClane's son working for the Nakatomi Corporation, the owners of the building from the first film. Likely some details might have to be changed following the events of A Good Day to Die Hard, but it sounds like Trebilcook's script will be put to good use after all.

Fans will be happy to hear the writer say, "It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It's also a very plausible storyline. I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise." But he also points out, "There are many hurdles to leap yet and two of those are called Bruce Willis and [producer] Alex Young. Producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second." Thoughts?

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Nielsen700 on Apr 30, 2013


I'm all for this. Despite being the weakest entry in the series I enjoyed the latest instalment

Jon Odishaw on Apr 30, 2013


Die Hard is one of those series. It's not emotional or sacred, it's just goofy fun. As long as the writers understand that, the sequels may as well be unlimited. There's always another story out there. I'll be seeing it.

OfficialJab on Apr 30, 2013


The original has enough material to be considered "sacred", but the sequels have pretty much done away with most of it. John McClane is Entertainment Weekly's #6 All-Time Hero in Pop Culture and Empire's #12 Greatest Movie Character of All Time. I love all of the Die Hards, but only because of the root character. Honestly, though: he deserves better. WE deserve better.

Jim on Apr 30, 2013


Oh brother.

DAVIDPD on Apr 30, 2013


... I will only be excited for this (I loved the first four movies, just liked the last one) if this is the last Die Hard, and they stop turning McClane into some kind of super human. Create a villain that can at least try to measure up to Hans Gruber, bring Bonnie Bedelia at for some kind of resolution, bring back Lucy if it makes sense for the story, forget about Jack McClane. please go back and watch the original film to find all the things that worked so perfectly even 25 years later. I don't want A Good Day to Die Hard to be the final film of the franchise

Yahzee on Apr 30, 2013


Stop dying hard!

Zade_92 on Apr 30, 2013


I have always loved Die Hard. But... I have to say, the latest one was one of the worst movies I have ever paid to see. I do not have high hopes for the franchise's future. Sorry.

Guy who comments on things on Apr 30, 2013


this franchise start to becoming a JOKE

truong18 on Apr 30, 2013


A Good Day to Die Hard was a dire mess. Hope this makes up for that train wreck.

Luke Cavanagh on Apr 30, 2013


Mark my words: 2 years from now... 'Die Hard' the animated series.

lewinston on Apr 30, 2013


Die hardest?...seriously?

Cody W on Apr 30, 2013


I wonder what would be the title if they were to take it to Africa. Same with the Fast series.

Africa on Apr 30, 2013


At least you'll die with a raging hard-on... oh wait

Reznik on Apr 30, 2013


Die Hard - one of the best action films ever made. A Good Day to Die Hard - surely one of the worst, most incompetent films I've ever seen. How the mighty have fallen...

SV7 on Apr 30, 2013


Is it sad with this one now? Or did it get sad with the last one?

David Banner on May 1, 2013


Should be titled "Just Die Already". A Good Day To Die Hard was horrible.

Last Son on May 2, 2013


To hell with over the top action. This one has to go back to it's roots. We need solid character development along with a great story & great dialog. Also great villainous characters you won't forget. If they want to win over the hearts of Die Hard fans (like myself) their gonna have to REALLY pull out all the stops this time, and make it as true as the original...And also keeping to a solid hard R rating. I personally would like to see Bonnie Bedelia return as Holly.

Aaron Wood on Jun 5, 2013

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