Fifth “Die Hard” fast-tracked at Fox
By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: Twentieth Century Fox is fast-tracking “Die Hard 5,” even though its director, Noam Murro (“Smart People”), left the project after he got the job helming “300: Battle Of Artemisia” for Warner Bros.
The studio has come up with a short list of directors who will potentially direct the Bruce Willis action flick scripted by screenwriter Skip Woods, Deadline reports. Woods is the man responsible for such cinematic travesties as “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Hitman.”
Woods’ most recent contribution to film was Joe Carnahan’s “The A-Team,” which did feature some competent, entertaining action sequences — — and after Len Wiseman’s 2007 “Live Free or Die Hard,” that’s apparently all it takes to make a successful “Die Hard” movie.
The directors on the short list are: Justin Lin (“Fast Five”), Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and “Max Payne” director John Moore.
Lin seems like an obvious choice, but the director is already confirmed for an inevitable sixth “Fast and the Furious” film and the recently-announced “Terminator 5.” My money is on Irish director John Moore, whose previous films have all been made at Fox. Cornish and Refn are the hot guys in Hollywood right now, while Moore has been inactive since 2008 and would certainly be a more affordable option for Fox.
While details remain sketchy on the plot of “Die Hard 5,” Bruce Willis will be reprising his signature role as cop John McClane, who will be traveling to Russia (presumably to kill terrorists and blow up things). Yippee-ki-yay, and all that jazz.
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