John McTiernan opens up following sentencing

By Sean O’Connell John McTiernan chose not to speak to the courts following his recent sentencing – one year in prison and a $100,000 fine – in the wiretapping case that stemmed from the investigation of Anthony Pellicano.

But following Monday’s court appearance, the director of “Die Hard” and “Predator” opened up to the Hollywood Reporter. In the conversation, he discussed his plans to appeal, his special dietary needs due to his anti-depressant medication, and the effect all of these legal woes have had on his filmmaking career.

“I had worked for two years on one [film], and then all of this came up just as we were about to start it,” McTiernan said. “That was the airplane pilot movie; I cannot recall the name. This has destroyed three other films. Just on the insurance issue. For insurance on a movie, they need you to be able to guarantee 18 months.”

When asked if it was important that he one day be able to return to Hollywood, McTiernan was candid.

“I have no idea, and it’s not on my mind,” he said. “I know it makes me a good story to make me an old boxer or something. Or a 47-year-old quarterback trying for one more season. This all has changed my attitude about stuff.

“There are several good movies I would like to make, but the possibility of not making them anymore and getting used to that and seeing what you care about or not — it hasn’t been the worst experience in the world,” McTiernan continued. “On Hollywood, I haven’t been in the Hollywood mix in a long time. I moved a long time ago. I hate to tell you this, [but] I’ve never read the trades.”

To read the complete interview, click here. It’s an interesting read, a profile of a once-prolific director who might be done with the game. If that’s the case, it’s sad. I’m positive McTiernan has more stories left to tell. We even ran a story about him being attached to “Shrapnel,” though he says in the interview that might not be the case. I hope we get to see more from him some day.

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