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Man Goes To Severe Lengths To Pitch Die Hard Idea

diehardreviewThe horrible news hit recently that Die Hard was getting a se-prequel, with a young John McClane showing up in the ’70s, concurrent with newer adventures with Walter_B (that’s Bruce Willis) in the present.  If the penny hasn’t dropped, think ‘Mutt’ from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, i.e. an attempt to forge a McClane junior for another five movies.

This has drawn the ire of one person in particular, an indie producer, Eric D. Wilkinson thinks he has a better idea.  And he took out a full page ad in The Hollywood reporter to promote it.  It goes like this.

Former hero cop John McClane, 60 years old and beat to shit, is a convicted felon, being carted off to a Federal prison. Why?

Flashback to 1979, where 24-year-old New York City Patrol Officer John McClane is part of a team of cops assigned to investigate the murder of 6-year-old Ethan Peller, working under the direction of an up-and-coming Detective Stan Winshaw. Strong police work leads McClane to suspect possible sex trafficker Clarence Sutton, who mysteriously vanishes moments before McClane can make the arrest. The rule-breaking McClane and his superior Winshaw butt heads. The trail goes cold and the case is never solved. When McClane makes unprovable accusations about Winshaw he is transferred to the city’s bleakest division.

34 years later, Detective John McClane takes a personal leave and heads to Moscow to help his estranged son, who is being tried in a Russian court. While McClane is out of the country, the remains of Clarence Sutton are discovered, not only with DNA evidence linking Sutton to the murder of Ethan Peller, but additional evidence that ties John McClane to Sutton’s killing.

Upon McClane’s return from Russia, he is arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of Clarence Sutton. He is given a 30 year prison sentence in ADX Florence, an ultra-maximum-security, or ”supermax” prison which houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the country, including Omar Al-Maqdisi and Abdul bin Saeed, masterminds of the two worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

Following the Russian adventure, John had successfully reunited his family and reconnected with his wife Holly. Now, while he serves his sentence, Holly has been spending all of her time and effort on his appeal – especially once new evidence surfaces which may not only exonerate McClane, but also implicate Stan Winshaw (now a decorated police Captain) who may have framed John for the murder of the suspect they were chasing nearly forty years ago. However the day Holly goes to the prison to deliver this news personally to John, a riot breaks out, and before she can safely leave, the prison is put on lockdown.

But this is no ordinary prison riot.

By nightfall, inmates control the facility, holding Holly McClane and many other hostages. We soon learn that the riot itself was a distracting subterfuge… part of a plan to break both Al-Maqdisi and bin Saeed out of prison so they can help complete a horrific new terrorist attack in New York City.

However the one thing the terrorists didn’t count on was the one man who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time… And when it comes to John McClane, old habits die hard.

A while back I reviewed a spec script for a new Die Hard, it had Bruce Willis team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger engaging in violent carnage in a Nakatomi skyscraper.  Check it out here.


  1. Ronnie Earlson

    November 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

    A prison instead of the tower from part 1 or airport from part 2… yeah that sounds like a decent idea. A bit cliche perhaps, but potentially fun.
    But I still prefer the idea of a Gruber sibling coming for revenge tho

    • The Night Rider

      November 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Gruber sibling. Ode to Joy…… big John. Sells itself.

      • Andymovieman

        November 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        And it says better idea than that crappy piece of shit prequel from Len Weismann. And having Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Gruber up against Bruce Willis as John McClane may be what we deserve than that piece of shit prequel.


    November 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Hi guys – what about this one The Death of Jack McClane:

  3. Mucho Macho

    November 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I got the Die Hard prequel poster right here⤵

  4. Andymovieman

    November 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Screw this script and give us a better one like the japan idea and a Gruber played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gary Oldman, Benedict cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, etc. Get john Mctiernan to direct and also get mel Gibson, Stallone, Don Johnson, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Madsen as a bad guy working with a Gruber like Arnold in this or an ally of Mcclane’s . Cause they were considered along with Arnold Schwarzenegger to play john McClane in the first die hard before Bruce Willis got the part. Hell, get Mickey Rourke in that as an ally of McClane even though he was never considered and did a similar movie like die hard called point blank.

  5. Mucho Macho

    November 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    No need to pitch any ideas to Bruce Willis. Just meet his salary demands & he’ll show up on set, stand on his spot, say the lines a couple of times with minimal effort & then he’ll get the fuck out.

  6. Mucho Macho

    November 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Behind the scenes look at the last so-called Die Hard movie

  7. Barney Ross

    November 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    The prison story sounds like crap to me but WAY better than a shitty prequel that nobody wants…

    This needs to be like Die hard 1 and 2, he’s stuck somewhere in a building or something, smoking, swearing like a sailor…Then he gets out but the terrorost too so he has to search for them…I’d like to see McClane fight terrorist in a plane, in a train, all in the same movie. It needs to be BIG scope this time, like 3 Die Hard in 1 action wise.

    I’d say John McClane should do to China this time and hire JOHN WOO as director with his stunt & explosion team. Bring back the guy who wrote Die hard 1 and 2, Steven De Souza. Hard R rating, 100 Million Dollars budget.

    • Andymovieman

      November 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      That would work too in the vein of broken arrow and face/off and maybe McClane would go up against John Travolta.

  8. Barney Ross

    November 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I’m almost to the point of boycotting FOX now, since Rothman left they seemed to do fine, until Fantastic 4 and now this garbage prequel, they have bird brains…….At least Rothman had a brain but made too much PG13 shit. Die Hard 5 was a fake R rating and it pissed me off

  9. Barney Ross

    November 12, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Schwarzenegger as the villain, you know it makes sense. 3rd Gruber Brother?

    • Andymovieman

      November 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Yes it does and plus it’ll be the third time for them working with John Mctiernan since die hard 1 and 3, predator and Last Action Hero and with each other on the expendables movies. Plus Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered to play john matrix in a sequel to commando and turned it down so they retooled it into die hard and offered it to him again on this time as John McClane but turned it down along with Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Don Johnson, burt reynolds and Richard gere.

  10. Serbius

    November 12, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Have John and Holly spend a well deserved wedding anniversary aboard a big ass cruise ship along the indian ocean, just then some piss of shit somali pirates go on the ship and kill a bunch of people, making the rest of the survivors hostages. One thing the pirates don’t know, they’re about to ruin a certain new york city police officer’s vacation.
    The rest? you know what comes next




    • Mucho Macho

      November 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I remember reading that after part 2 they were thinking about maybe a ship as the setting for the third Die Hard but after “Under Siege” that idea was scratched. I remember Willis in an interview saying back in the day that they also had to deal with the so many “die hard-esque “films in the nineties and that a lot of potential settings were being used.
      “Die Hard with a Vengeance” was originally a script title “Simon Says” & at 1 point considered to be turned into a lethal weapon series entry.

      • Serbius

        November 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Yeah the 90’s were full of die hard clones. One of my favorites is Van Damme’s “Sudden Death” .

        I like my idea of using a cruise ship, if well done, it can make for a good movie.

    • CyrusTheVirus85

      November 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      lol thats amazing