Bruce Willis is working with director Len Wiseman on a Die Hard sequel/prequel.
The 2 teamed up for Live Free or Die Hard, and now Len has revealed Bruce is helping him perfect his iconic character John McClane’s back story for a new Die Hard film.
“After doing the fourth one (movie), there were so many conversations that Bruce and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1,” Len tells Collider.com. “That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He’s already divorced, he’s bitter, his Captain hates him, and doesn’t want him back. So, what created that guy?”
“It’s always been something I’ve been thinking about, and now we’re doing it. And it ties in.”
Len insists the actor will be a big part of his new film, adding, “I wasn’t going to do it without Bruce. I’m also not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick. It’s really working into the plot, with the ’70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce.
“It intercuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane… The film itself will take place on New Years’ Eve 1979, so trying to gear things towards that would be fun.”
The news comes just days after Alan Rickman’s death. The beloved Brit played villain Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard movie.