Welcome to the party, pal!
Here’s some stuff you might find interesting:
- Wanna see a list of Die Hard-style films, games and TV episodes? Check out TV Tropes. But maybe set an alarm, you might spend too much time there.
- Die Hard was Alan Rickman‘s first film role. Before that, he was turned down for the role of ‘Vicomte de Valmont’ in the 1988 film Dangerous Liasons after playing the same role in Broadway. John Malkovich got it instead.
- “Yippee Ki-yay, Mr Falcon” is the dubbed version of McClane’s famous catchphrase in Die Hard 2, but that’s not the only edit made to one of the films. In Die Hard With a Vengenace, the sign Bruce Willis wears above was edited with CGI to make it more appropriate for TV.
- In 2015, screenwriter Eric D. Wilson posted a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter, pitching his idea for a (already planned) sixth Die Hard film. Wilson’s pitch – which you can see here – involvesBruce Willis’ John McClane being arrested for a crime he was accused of being involved with in the 70s as a up-and-coming Beat Cop. When Willis was told the idea, he said, “It seems far away right now… I don’t know.” Stellar stuff, Bruce.
- Production Studio Legendary have just bought the rights to a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-starring film called Skyscraper. The story is being described as “Die Hard in China”, with Johnson playing the McClane-style underdog. The film will be written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and produced by Beau Flynn, who has worked with The Rock on Hercules and San Andreas. Make of that what you like.
That’s it for this week. Next week I’m pitching a film that almost happened. Hopefully I do the story Justice.