Die Hard prequel
It's happening everywhere in Hollywood, prequels are the new sequels, and with studios busy eating their own back catalogue for breakfast it's no surprise that word has come through that Die Hard is the next to receive the prequel treatment.
What's more amazing is that Bruce Willis looks set to reprise his role, well in likeness alone. What do I mean by that? Well the prequel is actually a comic book and not a film. However I wouldn't hold your breath.
Die Hard: Year One sounds more like a Batman comic than anything, but it's not, it's a genuine Die Hard story coming to the small page and without a doubt the Fox executives will be reading the story with great interest and calculators at the ready.
Written by Howard Chaykin, with art by Stephen Thompson and the covers by Dave Johnson, Jock and John Paul Leon, Die Hard: Year One is about John McClane as a policeman in New York City in 1976.
"Every great action hero got started somewhere: Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McClane, more than a decade before the first DIE HARD movie, he's just another rookie cop, an East Coast guy working on earning his badge in New York City during 1976's Bicentennial celebration. Too bad for John McClane, nothing's ever that easy."
Looking at the covers and seeing the Hill Street Blues type police cars and the images of a cartoon version of John McClane, aka Bruce Willis with hair, I'm thinking that the idea of a prequel film isn't that far out of left field, and I can guarantee you the executives at Fox will be watching how this plays out.
Look at the recent Surrogates footage with Bruce Willis donning a wig, he looks quite a bit like that comic drawn version of himself there, now add in the old sets and cars from Hill Street Blues and we're going to get a mixture of Die Hard and Dirty Harry. I think he could still pull it off don't you? Okay, maybe with makeup or CGI.
The question is would any of us want to see it? Die Hard: Year One is only hitting the comic pages at the moment, but I wouldn't bet against seeing it on some desks at Fox as soon as it's in print.