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Early Word On DIE HARD 5: John McClane’s Son Is A Badass
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD brings the McClanes to Russia
It seems plausible to me that there might be an interesting way to put together a fifth installment to the Die Hard series, even after 2007′s miserably kid-friendly Live Free Or Die Hard. When the word first came down about the latest chapter in the McClane saga, I was quick to slag on the whole idea, just on the basis of it being the fifth. Nothing in even the most epic of movie series is decent beyond the fourth installment, particularly when said installment sucked on ice.
But today, on Collider, Fox CEO Tom Rothman is opening up his big fat yap about A Good Day To Die Hard, and doing his best to draw in the wandering sucker off the street. The angle on Die Hard 5? John McClane jets off to Russia to spring his estranged son out of jail. The twist? The junior McClane knows exactly what he is doing, and according to Rothman, is a bigger badass than his pappy.
From there, it becomes the McClane boys versus Russia, which is every bit as preposterous a notion as any other that was dreamt up in the era in which this series was conceived to start. But you know what? Why the hell not? When was the last time you saw a couple of hard-nosed Yanks take on all of Russia? The answer is too long ago.
In the source article, Rothman is doing his best to play up the paternal angle in Die Hard 5, which is all well and good. “It’s really a father-son story,” says Rothman. “Which is that John McClane’s been a great cop his whole life but he’s been a lousy father. He has a grown son who he’s not really been in much touch with, and McClane thinks the son’s a fuck-up–that’s a technical term.”
I like the the twist, and am much more optimistic about A Good Day To Die Hard being a rebound in the series. We’ll see if my rosy expectations are fulfilled in February 2013, when the film is slated for release.