Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Die Hard 5, anyone?
I have read that Bruce Willis and Company are starting preparations for Die Hard 5.
As a fan of the first movie, I am excited about this. But, having seen the series steadily deteriorate in quality, I'd like to invite comments on ways to recapture the magic in Die Hard 5.
A few of my thoughts...
- Rating: Go for the R. The more mayhem, the better.
- Director: Where is the original guy, McTiernan? If he is not available, how about the director of Taken?
- Locale: I've heard that Willis is thinking of setting the next film in a non-US location. Great. Now the question is: What kind of place to put John McClane in? Remember the Nakatomi Tower in Die Hard 1? It's key to put McClane inside a specific place where he is not only trapped, but he is able to use his resourcefulness and wits to outsmart the baddies.
- Story: What makes the Die Hard formula work so well is that John McClane is not on duty. He is not looking for a fight. In the first movie, he is in Los Angeles to try to reconcile with his estranged wife. Then suddenly all hell breaks out around him, and he chooses to take action.