CATEGORIES Movie NewsIt was inevitable. After the success of the fourth 'Die Hard' film in 2007, Bruce Willis and Fox began working on 'Die Hard 5,' but it seemed that the production was on the backburner -- until the success of last year's 'Red,' about a team of retired agents who return to action (also starring Willis), and 'The Expendables,' about a team of aging mercenaries who return to action, both films giving new life to older action heroes (Willis turned 56 this year). Earlier this year Willis and the studio hired commercials director Noam Murro to helm the film, and had Skip Woods work up a script. But Murro jumped ship and took the reins of Warner Bros.' '300: Battle of Artemisia,' sending Fox and Willis on a search for someone new.
Well, cue up the yippee ki-yay, m.....f....., because Deadline has just reported that Fox and Willis have settled on a director for the film: John Moore, a workmanlike director who helmed 'Behind Enemy Lines,' 'Flight of the Phoenix,' 'The Omen' and 'Max Payne,' all for Fox, and all lackluster productions. But you don't have to be an exciting director to helm a 'Die Hard' -- at this point in time, you just have to please Willis, who is very hands-on with the 'Die Hard' productions, and be able to bring the show in on time and within budget. And apparently Willis took a liking to Moore, especially after, according to Deadline, the director convinced Willis of his love for the John McClane character, and his grasp of how to shoot non-CGI-heavy action scenes (no computers for Willis).
In contention for the post, by the way, were 'Attack the Block' director Joe Cornish, Justin Lin of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise and 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Meanwhile, Willis and Summit Entertainment are searching for a director for their sequel to 'Red,' since the original's helmer, Robert Schwentke, is going to be busy directing 'R.I.P.D.,' which stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, for Universal.
And, BTW, maybe we should put a moratorium on jokes about older action heroes -- in case you were thinking of any. Cary Grant was 59 when he did 'Charade'; John Wayne was still shooting 'em up in his 60s; Henry Fonda was 63 when he played evil in 'Once Upon a Time in the West'; and Burt Lancaster was 58 when he played the trigger-happy 'Lawman.'