So, remember the time Len Wiseman had an idea for Die Hard: Year One which would see Bruce Willis appear at the beginning and the end while he looked back at the start of his career as a cop (where he was played by a younger actor)?
Well, director Wiseman has said that the idea is still alive and well but will feature Willis in more than one or two scenes: “This character [willis’ McClane] of course is modern day and the origin story, if you can call it that, has ramifications on present day McClane. What it’s not is it’s not a cameo bookend scenario,” he clarified.
“It’s a prequel/sequel hybrid that I really haven’t seen before and is incredibly different.”
Interestingly, Wiseman said McClane’s relationship with Holly, his wife (played by the lovely Bonnie Bedeila in the original two movies) would be a big part of the story: “I also just really wondered what was the relationship. When did he first meet Holly? It’s actually the love story that has not been told.”
One of the things that ‘annoys’ us about this is that the first Die Hard put an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation and it was his every man feel that made the character so enduring, and we always thought that the first movie was a perfectly good place to first meet McClane, Wiseman says: “For sure, because he can’t be the superhero.
“It’s a delicate balance of giving you a sense of what started McClane, because McClane when he comes into Die Hard 1 has a lot of emotional baggage, baggage in general moreso than a lot of our other action characters in the sense that he’s already divorced. He’s got an incredible chip on his shoulder. He’s bitter. His captain hates him, doesn’t want him back in New York. What caused all that? Why was he already that guy?”
Die Hard: Year One (Try Hard?) is officially a thing and will be blasting onto the big screen at some point in the reasonably near future.