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You can’t kill Die Hard.
The franchise centering on the near-immortal NYPD cop John McClane is gearing up for its sixth installment at Fox, with Live Free Or Die Hard director Len Wiseman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura teaming to develop the project, THR has confirmed.
The film, titled Die Hard: Year One, is still looking to attach a screenwriter, but the story is meant to be a prequel to the action series. Set in 1979, the newest addition to the franchise will show how McClane became the rough and tumble cop that audiences know.
The plan is for Bruce Willis to reprise his role of McClane, with a different actor coming in to play the younger version of the character.
Beginning with the first film in 1988, the Die Hard franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office, not accounting for inflation.
The last film in the series, A Good Day Die Hard, lagged in North America, grossing $67.3 million. It made up ground overseas for a worldwide total of $304.7 million.
UPDATE Oct. 15, 10:45 AM/PT: This story was updated with the new title of the film, ‘Die Hard: Year One’.
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