We’ve been hearing about nascent plans for a fifth “Die Hard” movie since last year, with most rumors pointing toward Noam Murro as the flick’s director. Though he’s best known for helming the 2008 dramedy “Smart People,” Murro has since jumped into the deep end of the action pool as Zack Snyder’s replacement on “300: Battle of Artemesia,” previously known as “Xerxes.”
Now, Twitch Film is reporting that dealing closely with all those near-naked men is taking more of Murro’s time than expected, resulting in the director taking his leave of the “Die Hard” sequel. No firm word yet on his replacement, but Twitch claims that the studio is looking longingly at John Moore, the director of “Behind Enemy Lines” and “Max Payne.”
While the film is currently director-less, some plot details from the script by Skip Woods (“The A-Team,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”) have leaked out. The movie will take place primarily in Russia, and according to Twitch, will keep “with the trend of each “Die Hard” movie being larger than the last.” Fingers crossed that translates into Bruce Willis’ John McClane fistfighting Putin, wrestling the Russian Prime Minister’s tiger and blowing up a spaceship.
McClane will also be joined by his son, who was seen briefly in the first movie and in strict “Die Hard” continuity would be about 27-years-old today. Presumably, the film’s producers are looking forward to the future of the franchise, queuing up a replacement for its middle-aged star by introducing his capable, headstrong progeny, something we like to call “The Shia LaBeouf Gambit.”