Today’s not a good day to Die Hard, as the sixth installment (aka Die Hard 6) of the long-running franchise has been abandoned by Disney.
It’s been revealed by Polygon that the film, tentatively titled McLane, has been abandoned by the studio.
According to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the Disney/Fox merger back in 2019 is the reason for the cancellation.
Fox/Disney merger reason for Die Hard 6’s cancellation
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The film was set to be a prequel/sequel that would have focused on John McClane’s past as a New York City cop, played by a younger actor.
Whilst simultaneously also focusing on present-day John McClane, as Bruce Willis was set to reprise his iconic role.
After years in development hell, The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes were drafted to rewrite the script.
Additionally, Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman had expressed interest in directing the prequel/sequel.
However, speaking to Polygon, di Bonaventura confirmed the project is dead:
“Yeah, no, It’s not happening. But what was really interesting was we actually came up with an idea to do it. It was a project that wasn’t Die Hard that then, eventually, shifted over to Die Hard.”
Given the very poor reaction to 2013’s Die Hard 5, perhaps it was for the best that for the franchise that it was a Good Day to Die Hard after all? I’ll see myself out.
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