Well, it looks like we can finally break the Die Hard series into two distinct trilogies. The good trilogy (1988-1995) and the rancid bastard offspring trilogy (2007-). It’s time to talk about the next in that second trilogy. The person tasked with writing it, Ben Tribilcook, has been talking to WhatCulture. He wants to send McClane to Japan:
McClane is invited to Tokyo by the Nakatomi Corporation to be commended for his bravery and efforts in saving 36 lives, celebrating this on the 30th anniversary of the Naktatomi Hostage Crisis. It’s by no means Black Rain. Perhaps has a slight Rising Sun type tone. It’s also not a double-act buddy-buddy story.
Trebilcook says it won’t be a buddy-buddy feature, but then goes on to say that Samuel L. Jackson’s character Zeus will also return:
You want a nugget, don’t you? I’m pretty sure it’s out there. A few Japanese fans on Twitter put two and two together when I uploaded a picture of a Katana (Samurai Sword) with some kanji reading ‘Zeus’. Yes, I’ve written Zeus Carver in for Samuel L Jackson.
Sending McClane to Japan? Right, worked great when they sent him to Moscow, didn’t it? Why not rename him John McBond? From the writer who brought you… nothing. Trebilcook has written one other movie, Knockout (2015) but that hasn’t been released. You know what, who even cares anymore? Bruce Willis certainly doesn’t (click here), so why should we? 20th Century Fox has not earned our trust. So we say: Fuck this movie and fuck you. Do it properly or let it RIP. And no, the addition of Sam Jackson doesn’t help. Gone are the days when a Sam Jackson movie at Blockbuster was a 90% certain safe bet.
There is only one way to redeem this franchise. John McTiernan. If the answer is no to him, the answer is no from us. Note: Extra good will can be earned by hiring William Atherton (Richard Thornburg).