I suppose it was inevitable. Everything is getting remade and rebooted, every successful movie gets a sequel, every character gets an origin story. From Jack Ryan and the Joker to Bad Boys and The Matrix, there’s hardly a property that hasn’t been recycled.
It was only a matter of time before they turned to the best action movie ever.
That’s right, it seems that the classic 80s actioner that launched a thousand copycats is next in line to be rebooted and revamped, this time starting from the beginning and tracing John McClane’s early years in the NYPD. Presumably showing him chase down that six-month backlog of scumbags he mentioned to Argyle at the start of the first movie.
As with the supposed Home Alone remake that’s coming, the move seems to be a result of Disney acquiring a whole stable of existing properties in the 20th Century Fox portfolio due to their purchase of the studio.
The last sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard, arrived in 2013, and like Live Free or Die Hard before it, was largely considered a disappointment, being that the everyman John McClane had been concerted into a superhero who surfed on F-16s and traveled to Russia.
The good news for this potential reboot is that it’s going back to McClane’s roots. Of course, no one really needs to see John McClane’s roots. One of the things that made the original movie so successful was learning about the seemingly average cop’s resourcefulness as we watched, not knowing about how tough and inventive he was beforehand! I’m gonna guess that discovering where he bought his trademark undershirt and watching him see his first Roy Rogers movie is not something most fans of the franchise are clamoring for.
This new project would apparently replace separate plans for a 6th Die Hard movie that would have also focused on McClane’s early years, but the studio decided to scrap that and start the whole thing over from the beginning.
We should probably withhold judgment until this thing actually starts coming together, but if we see a young McClane visit Germany on a class trip and randomly cross paths with a suit-shopping, teenage Hans Gruber, I will blow the roof off this place.