The “Die Hard” franchise isn’t done yet and a new installment is on the way. The sixth film in the franchise now has a title but it’s dropping the ‘Die Hard’ naming structure and just going with “McClane”. The film was originally working under the title “Die Hard: Year One”.
The film will be directed by Len Wiseman, who also directed “Live Free or Die Hard” with Bruce Willis, Justin Long, and Timothy Olyphant. Wiseman has also directed a few sci-fi thrillers that you may have enjoyed like “Underworld” and “Underworld: Evolution”. The director will be working off a script from Chad and Carey Hayes.
Details on the plot are slim but the film may be following two timelines, with one story following a younger McClane in his twenties, and another following a 60+ year-old McClane played by Bruce Willis.
The “Die Hard” franchise has seen plenty of ups and downs over the years. The original “Die Hard” with Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis, which is still considered a classic to this day, released in 1988 and made $83M before grossing over $140M worldwide. The sequel, “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” was released two-years later in 1990. The follow-up topped the original at the box-office, making $117M domestically and over $240M worldwide. While many fans don’t consider “Die Hard: With A Vengeance” to be best film in the franchise, it did very well in theaters outside of the United States. The third film added Jeremy Irons and Samuel L. Jackson to the cast and made $100M domestically before grossing $366M worldwide. This film really opened up the franchise overseas and became the saving grace for the studio in films to come.
The franchise took a much needed rest at this point before “Live Free or Die Hard” hit theaters in 2007. The cast expanded once again, adding Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kevin Smith to the story. The fourth film made $134M at the domestic box-office but ended up making over $383M worldwide. Lastly we have “A Good Day to Die Hard,” which performed the worst domestically and could have been the end of the entire franchise. The film brought in Aldis Hodge and Jai Courtney but only made $67M domestically, a flop at home, the overseas markets saved the film and it ended up making $304M worldwide.
While rare, an action-based movie franchise can continue with just the overseas push. The last film in Vin Diesel’s xXx franchise, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” only made $44.M domestically but the film went on to make over $346M worldwide.
We don’t have a full cast list for “McClane” at this point and we are still waiting on a release date. We will most likely have more information from FOX when the film goes into production.