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Die Hard: Year One
Produced by Alex Young
Starring Bruce Willis
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release Date Unknown
Preceded by A Good Day to Die Hard
Followed by End of series

Die Hard: Year One[1] (working title) is the sixth and (possibly) final installment of the Die Hard franchise, which will serve as a prequel and a sequel. Bruce Willis has confirmed that he will in fact return as John McClane when the time comes. This movie is dedicated to the memory of Alan Rickman.

Speculated Plot

The '1979' plot is rumored to begin in present day New York City with retired NYPD detective John McClane in action, chasing down a criminal. Severely wounded and hospitalised, McClane, surrounded by close colleagues and family, reminisces his life, flashing back to 1979 when he was a rookie cop and ultimately solving who had shot him.

The 'Japanese' plot. (based on the novel 'Old Habits' by Ben Trebilcook). To commemorate the 30th anniversary, retired police officer John McClane is invited to go to Japan by the Nakatomi corporation to receive a commendation for his act of bravery in saving 36 hostages from the terrorists attack at Nakatomi Plaza in 1988. McClane is accompanied by his long suffering friend, Zeus Carver. They meet with the current heads of Nakatomi, the Takagi family, as well as McClane's ex-wife Holly, who is on the board. Nakatomi has become a global super-brand (like Virgin, Sony, Apple, etc). In a secret CIA prison in Japan, a number of inmates have made their escape. McClane is due to give a speech at Nakatomi Grand Plaza, a hotel 'Smart' building, where his past soon catches up with him. The real Nakatomi is about to be revealed as well as McClane's worst nightmare.

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.[2]



Bruce Willis has confirmed on several websites and interviews that he would sign on to do a sixth Die Hard film, even though the cast and major details of the plot are unknown at this time. On April 30th, 2013 a sixth film was confirmed under the working title Die Hardest. aka 'Old Habits Die Hard', based on the original screenplay 'Big in Japan' and his novel 'Old Habits', by UK based screenwriter / producer Ben Trebilcook.

Bruce Willis has claimed 'Year One' will be an eight month project, however in an interview in 2013, he expressed interest in the 'Japanese' plot and is awaiting Fox's views on this script.

The 'Trebilcook' script, in October 2015, was requested by executives at Fox.

[3]Bruce Willis has also personally expressed interest in having both the characters of Al Powell and Holly Gennero making some kind of appearance in the film.[4]

Bonnie Bedelia has said that she has no interest in reprising the role of Holly Gennero. [5]

In October 2015 the film was announced to be a prequel, with the working title Die Hard: Year One. Bruce Willis is expected to reprise this role as McClane, with another actor playing a younger version of the character.[6]

Speculated Information

  • The film might be released in 2018, the first film's 30th Anniversary.
  • John McTiernan is rumored to be in talks to direct Die Hardest, even though it is unlikely.[7]
  • It's been suggested that Samuel L. Jackson may be back, due to Trebilcook's spec, to reprise his role as Zeus Carver.[8]
  • Bonnie Bedelia is hinted to have a significant role, finally reprising her role as Holly Gennero.[9]
  • It is also rumored some of the other villains from the past Die Hard films will have descendants serve as henchman to stop John McClane.
  • It was rumored in the 'Japan Trebilcook Old Habits spec' that McClane will receive a commendation for the thirty year anniversary of the events of the first film, meaning it may take place on Christmas Eve.[10]
  • The roles of Jack McClane and Lucy McClane have been rumored to be reprised by Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead respectively, though only briefly.
  • John McClane will be retired from his law enforcement career, because of all the battles he had with Hans and Simon Gruber, Colonel Stuart, Thomas Gabriel and Yuri Komarov in the 5 previous films.[11]
  • McClane will likely be on his own for the majority of the film, much like he was in the original Die Hard.
  • Zeus Carver, Matt Farrell and Al Powell are expected to all feature, as well as Richard Thornburg. Bruce Willis himself expressed interest in having Reginald VelJohnson (who played Al Powell) make an appearance.[12]
  • Directors Louis Leterrier (Grimsby) and Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) have given the thumbs up to the Trebilcook 'Old Habits' spec.
  • Al Powell may be the new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department or a private detective based in Miami, (*Japan-based spec - review via manlymovie and theactionelite).
  • Joe Takagi's 5 children may appear.
  • It has been rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a character written especially for him, in the 'Old Habits Die Hard' script, by British writer Ben Trebilcook. The character is rumoured to be a 'Gruber', possibly the father of Hans and Simon.
  • References

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