A sixth Die Hard movie (and prequel) has been in development for a while, with Bruce Willis being “very happy” about an origin story. There’s recently been more talk about Die Hard: Year One—a working title—because producer Eric D. Wilkinson took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to pitch his plot for the movie.
Basically, in Wilkinson’s pitch, an older, grizzled John McClane is wrongfully convicted of a murder and escapes from prison to clear his name (and dodge a bogus 30-year sentence), while the story jumps back to 1979 to detail everyone’s favorite smart-ass cop’s younger days. Read the full radical pitch above if you missed it.
Someone who certainly did not miss it was Mark Millar (of Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Marvel’s Cvil War). He saw it and loved the audacity of Wilkinson’s public movie pitch, explaining, “Maybe 10 people talked to me about this yesterday and it’s such a great idea.”
In fact, Millar was so into it that he expanded on the pitch via his site. Excerpts of Millar’s expanded pitch are below.
To get McClane in this high-security prison much faster and much more smoothly how about he’s arrested as he comes off a Christmas flight and he has no idea what the Hell he’s being charged with? He’s been busted under a Homeland Security provision, the last twenty five years of his life having him involved or certainly at the centre of…
The attack on the Nakatomi building The terrorist incident at Dulles airport The bomb-threat to New York City Die Hard 4’s cyber-terror threat And, more recently, whatever actually happened in Die-Hard 5.
I think the genius of Die-Hard is staying simple and getting him into that situation as quickly as possible. It’s a third act spread over THREE acts. If this is any help to anyone they are more than welcome. [Producer] Lorenzo’s [di Bonaventura] a pal of mine and producing Jupiter’s Legacy so I’m going to shoot this over to him too as I’d love to see that guy get this gig. This is a movie I just want to see.
In an interview with Gawker, Wilkinson wanted to note “this isn’t some wacky get-rich scheme, clarifying, "At the end of the day, I just want them to make a really cool Die Hard movie. I’m a fan. I’m no different from anybody else that sits behind their computer and sounds off ideas for good movies. The only difference is I said, ‘To hell with it, I’m going to take money out of my savings and do this.”’
He added, "It’s a demonstration of my passion. Listen, I’m a fan. There’s Star Wars fans, Back to the Future fans who build their own time machines, you know? I’m a Die Hard fan, and I said, ‘You know what, I just want them to make a good Die Hard movie. Here’s my idea, what do you think?’”