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Bruce Willis finds director for fifth “Die Hard” film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A fifth “Die Hard” moved from rumor to reality with the move to hire John Moore as the sequel’s director. A mainstay at 20tht Century Fox, Moore has helmed such action films as “Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne” and “Flight of the Phoenix,” as well as the studio’s “Omen” remake. Moore reportedly beat out “Fast Five” director Justin Lin and “Drive” helmer Nicolas Winding Refn for a shot at putting Bruce Willis’ iconic hero John McClane through the ringer.

So what do we know about the sequel up to this point? Well, McClane will be back in action after stopping a cyberterrorist in the Washington D.C. area for 2007’s “Live Free of Die Hard.” Because that sequel earned $383 million worldwide, a sequel seemed inevitable so long as Willis was willing to climb back into the battered role of his tireless law enforcement agent.

Rumors surrounding Skip Woods’ script for the fifth “Die Hard” have McClane stopping criminals in Russia. There’s also a rumor that this sequel will involve McClane’s son (seeing as how “Live Free” cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his daughter, Lucy). THR even suggests that there will be a “passing of the torch” in this next film so that new McClane adventures could continue with a new actor.

Guess we should be happy that didn’t happen with Justin Long.

The studio probably missed a golden opportunity to adapt Howard Chaykin and Stephen Thompson’s “Die Hard: Year One,” which followed a young McClane as a beat cop on the NYPD. But Willis is the marquee name associated with this franchise, and so long as he’s willing to spit “Yippee Kai Yay” at some sleazy villain, we’ll have “Die Hard” sequels on the docket at Fox.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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