Did you guys catch this?
I love the audacity of what that guy’s done. A writer who loves Die-Hard so much and was so eager to pitch his idea he took out an ad in one of the trades and pitched it publicly to Lorenzo and Willis and Len Wiseman. Maybe 10 people talked to me about this yesterday and it’s such a great idea. Die Hard really hasn’t worked for me since they dropped the formula of McClane in an enclosed space and locking him up in the high-security prison with the world’s worst terrorists is just GENIUS. It’s the perfect Die-Hard backdrop.
I actually like the entire pitch, but wonder if the opening is a little overly complex and if you just want McClane in that building a lot earlier. Tying it into Die-Hard 4 also seems a little risky as nobody really remembers what happened in that movie. For me it’s all Die-Hard 1 and Die-Hard 2 and that’s what got me thinking. We just want to get McClane into prison, right? The right guy in the wrong place just as the terrorists are busting out their friend to commit America’s greatest atrocity.
So here’s what I’m thinking and, please, those of you who know me will understand this is not a pitch as I have no interest in working on other people’s characters EVER. This is just getting tossed out there and free for anyone to use because I’d love to see this happen for this guy and hopefully the following us in some way useful.
To get McClane in this high-security prison much faster and much more smoothly how about he’s arrested as he comes off a Christmas flight and he has no idea what the Hell he’s being charged with? He’s been busted under a Homeland Security provision, the last twenty five years of his life having him involved or certainly at the centre of…
The attack on the Nakatomi building
The terrorist incident at Dulles airport
The bomb-threat to New York City
Die Hard 4’s cyber-terror threat
And, more recently, whatever actually happened in Die-Hard 5.
To be at the centre of ONE of these incidents is a rare and incredible thing. To be involved in TWO is deeply suspicious. But to be at the epicentre of FIVE DIFFERENT INTERNATIONAL TERROR-THREATS and always being the one man who walks away and you’re basically going to prison for the rest of your life. This ties all five Die-Hard movies neatly into Die-Hard 6 and, let’s face it, if John McClane existed in real life with this incredibly suspicious track-record he would be in Guantanamo being questioned without trial and the media would be calling for his execution.
Speaking of the media… the man behind his incarceration… the guy who’s been tracking McClane all these years and building the case against him? Why, it’s none other than Richard Thornberg, the sleazy reporter who tried to screw McClane over twice and was humiliated by both he AND the ex Mrs McClane. I love actor William Atherton. He was McClane’s first nemesis. He was even the pencil-neck who closed down the Ghostbusters. Now this is his revenge. The grand finale where he pieces it all together and gets McClane locked up.
I think the genius of Die-Hard is staying simple and getting him into that situation as quickly as possible. It’s a third act spread over THREE acts. If this is any help to anyone they are more than welcome. Lorenzo’s a pal of mine and producing Jupiter’s Legacy so I’m going to shoot this over to him too as I’d love to see that guy get this gig. This is a movie I just want to see.