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Die Hard: Year One
Written by Ben Trebilcook
Directed by John McTiernan (maybe)
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, and the film's only possible script has been written by Ben Trebilcook.

Trebilcook's involvementEdit

Trebilcook has written a spec script for Die Hardest, also going under the title 'Old Habits Die Hard', but it is not official.

An anonymous 'official' at Fox Home Entertainment has said about Trebilcook's involvement: "As far as we can tell, Trebilcook is not officially attached to a new Die Hard film in any official way. In 2013, consultant, Larry D. Webster, on A Good Day to Die Hard, was interested in getting his screenplay off the ground."

Speculated PlotEdit

So far there has been no confirmed plot to this film. However, the only complete script contains a plot involving the 30th anniversary of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis in 1988, when retired New York City Police detective John McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives. McClane soon discovers a vengeance from the past and that Nakatomi is not all that it appears to be. (based on Trebilcook's 'Old Habits Die Hard' spec and his original screenplay 'Big In Japan')



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'. The script was written by Ben Trebilcook.[2]

Writer Ben Trebilcook has said via Twitter that the script to his 'Die Hardest' (aka 'Old Habits Die Hard') is complete. Trebilcook has stated that he feels that his treatment for Die Hardest is comparable to the sixth film of the Rocky franchise in that it brings the series back to its roots.[3] No official word from Fox so far has confirmed or denied details revealed to be true or false. The primary locations revealed so far include New York and Tokyo. There's also been strong indications towards Samuel L Jackson potentially returning to reprise the role of Zeus Carver by Trebilcook.[4] How Zeus will be involved in the story has yet to be revealed. It has been stated by Trebilcook that the plot mostly revolves around McClane being on his own, much like in the original Die Hard and unlike the previous three films in the series, McClane won't have a 'partner' character by his side the whole time, and will end the series as he started it; on his own with minimal assistance from anyone else.

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.[5]

Bonnie Bedelia has said that she has no interest in reprising the role of Holly Gennero. [6]

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.[7]

Speculated InformationEdit

  • 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.[8]
  • It's been suggested that Samuel L. Jackson may be back to reprise his role as Zeus Carver.[9]
  • Bonnie Bedelia is hinted to have a significant role, finally reprising her role as Holly Gennero.[10]
  • Hans Gruber's son or nephew have been rumored to be the antagonists in the Trebilcook's spec.[11]
  • 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.
  • Its been confirmed that McClane will recieve a commendation for the thirty year anniversary of the events of the first film, meaning it may take place on Christmas Eve.[12]
  • The roles of Jack McClane and Lucy McClane have been rumored to be reprised by Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead respectively.
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • Al Powell may be the new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • The working title implies that Die Hardest may be the final film in the Die Hard series. Bruce Willis has confirmed this. Writer of the spec 'Die Hardest', Ben Trebilcook, has said it his other title for the project is 'Old Habits Die Hard'.
  • Joe Takagi's 5 children may appear.
  • It has been rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger could reprise his role of John Matrix from Commando. Die Hard was originally the sequel to Commando before Schwarzenegger refused to return, the character was renamed McClane and the story was rewritten making the hero to be a police officer who rescues his wife instead of being an elite special ops soldier who rescues his daughter.


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