Willis wants Die Hard 5 and 6
Yes, Bruce Willis has actually said out loud that he wants a fifth and a sixth Die Hard before he gets too old to do any more action, something that he keeps proving he's not anywhere close to as yet.
We know that a Die Hard 5 is in the works, but this is new that he wants to do a sixth film, but I wonder if that's stretching it a little too far.
I really enjoyed Die Hard 4.0 (Filmstalker review), and while some thought that it was too far away from the Die Hard films we've seen to date, I don't think it is. I think they progressed and aged the character well, acknowledged how old he was and how the real world had changed without him in so many ways, and kept the core of his character.
Of course they put him in bigger situations than he's been used to, if you ignore the idea of hijacking an airport and all the airspace around it, or holding the whole of New York City to ransom with bombs planted all over the city and a race against time to diffuse them, and that film even brought in the idea of a partner throughout the film. All that aside, you can say that the previous film was out of sorts with the rest, but you're having to put away a lot.
What matters about Die Hard 4.0 are not a couple of action sequences that were a little over the top, or at least one was anyway, what matters is the character and staying true to him, and I think they did that superbly well and modernised his surroundings at the same time.
So I reckon taking a chance on another one isn't that much of a chance, but another film after that? Could they pull off three films where McClane is close to retirement, an old ways man in the modern age? That one's been done with the previous film, and done well.
My fear now is that we're going to see the character try and change to be able to cope with surviving another two films, and does that mean he'll become an old Jack Bauer?
I think the real answer would be to pull everything back down again and put him in a situation where he's minding his own business and gets caught up in events, but then we're just replaying the old film without coming up with something new, aren't we?
He wants to act out the two films so, presumably, no one else can try and pop into his shoes and take it over. Or at least he feels he's done all he can on his franchise and anything more would just be impossible.
”In the next few years they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else...
...But for me, I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie — Die Hard 6 — before finally hanging that white vest up for good.
“At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen. But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That’s when I’ll step away from the Die Hard films.”
I'm up for two more, but the question is will they work?