Looks like Die Hard 5 is gathering steam. Here's the shortlist of directors, courtesy of Deadline.
Joe Cornish, Justin Lin, Nicolas Winding Refn and John Moore, eh?
Well, the only name on that list that excites me is Refn. I didn't much care for BRONSON (although it did keep me watching till the end), but his recent DRIVE is reputed to be amazing and I can't wait to check it out.
Cornish seems a stupefying suggestion.
The Russia setting sounds intriguing, but I wonder why they don't do the obvious thing and set DIE HARD 5 in Japan, bringing back the Nakatomi Corporation in some form and bringing the series full circle. I don't suggest that McClane fends off a terrorist assault on Nakatomi's HQ again
, but I'd like the film be set in Tokyo and feature the company in some way - perhaps yakuza
gangsters are trying to take it over, or bad apples in the boardroom are attempting to use its funds or assets in the service of a terrorist plot. Let's say that Holly McClane (our hero's ex-missus, who's been working for Nakatomi in Japan since DIE HARD 2) gets wind of this scheme and is murdered, whereupon McClane flies to Japan to investigate, exact revenge and stop the terrorists.
Cheesy, sure, but I think it could work. I'm picturing the first DIE HARD flick meeting Ridley Scott's BLACK RAIN or, even better, Sydney Pollack's forgotten masterpiece THE YAKUZA - a rather downbeat and poignant DIE HARD outing, soaked in travelogue and much more down-to-earth than DIE HARD 4.0. Or, to put it in recent sequel terms, the ROCKY BALBOA of the DIE HARD series.