There are a lot of movies that deserve a sequel but deciding which one most deserves a sequel was challenging to think of; the way I went about this was picking a film that I think felt more like a dissatisfying disservice than the movie it should have been. Since I cannot change the movie that A Good Day to Die Hard was, I think that it should get a sequel that may allow the franchise to end on a good note. Die Hard is one of the most iconic and beloved action films ever, and it birthed four sequels of varying reception, but those sequels all made a lot of money because of the character of John McClane, and the story that he carries through those films. Bruce Willis‘ John McClane is one of the greatest action heroes in film history. The series ended on quite the sour note, and I think it should have one more go (at least) to give new meaning and life to the Die Hard series.
Just looking at the last few years, we’ve seen The Force Awakens bring Star Wars back to life, the same goes for Creed with Rocky, and Fury Road for Mad Max, Star Trek, Casino Royale, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, et cetera, and those were all great movies in their own rights. Those films prove that a sixth Die Hard film could be great, and it could even allow future films to be greenlit as well. Of course, you could look at Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or Independence Day Resurgence and think that a sixth movie should not happen, because it could potentially be just as bad or even worse. What I’m suggesting is a movie that, in and of itself, provides the framework for more films to follow suit in the series, and that has to happen by giving the franchise a soft reboot…and throw Bruce Willis out of a window.
Yeah, kill or retire John McClane… that has to happen. Willis couldn’t possibly care less about his career, and that’s apparent from his filmography over the last decade, aside from Rian Johnson’s Looper, which gave us a false hope of a Bruce Willis that is returning to good movies. Now, there’s no way that an audience could respect a Die Hard film selling its name on just Willis; we have to find a replacement. And by that, I do not mean recasting John McClane, but giving him a successor a lá Adonis Creed for Rocky Balboa. Sure, he had a son in the fifth film, but the world is not a huge fan of Jai Courtney at the moment, so I would ask that somebody else be cast in his stead, maybe somebody that kind of looks like him but has a little more ability as far as acting is concerned. My vote is Jack Reynor, who had a supporting role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, but more importantly, blew me away in Sing Street. While he isn’t Jai Courtney, honestly this film could completely retcon A Good Day and nobody would complain.
For those who say that a movie like this doesn’t have potential, I would ask them to watch recent action films such as John Wick, Skyfall, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max Fury Road, The Winter Soldier, Ghost Protocol, Fast Five, Kingsman, Deadpool, etc., which were all fantastic action films to have come out in the last half-decade. A Die Hard 6 could absolutely rank among those as an exceptional film on it’s own, but the fact that it has the Die Hard name, which none of those others have, would make any future movies blockbusters. For those films that were sequels, they all upped the ante, raised the stakes, and gave the hero more to lose which was necessary for the film to succeed (note: they all are, have, or are getting a sequel). A Good Day to Die Hard did not do that, and it was a mess of a film for not only that reason, but for every other reason as well. The characters were terrible, the action was lame, the plot was nonsensical, and it completely lacked anything that would deserve the name of “Die Hard.”
I think that if a director who cares about action as well as Die Hard and it’s characters, and a lead actor who cares just as deeply about those things, found a script that was worth shooting, then this film could be great. It absolutely has to do to McClane what Creed did to Balboa, and give us a new hero that is worth following, sort of like a Nathan Drake-type in an action world; somebody fun, funny, heartfelt, tough and lovable and who can carry the Die Hard franchise on their own. They tried to do this with Terminator Genisys and Indiana Jones, but I think that this movie could be so much better than those films were; Old Habits Die Hard could even be the obvious name, or Die Hard: The Actual Fifth One, literally anything as long as the movie is good. Casting an actor who can replace Willis is easy because Willis is worthless to cinema in this day and age, but casting somebody who can hold a beloved franchise in his own shoulders is where the challenge lies, and I think we can give young Jack Reynor a chance to blow us all away yet again. What about you? What do you think about this? Give Die Hard another shot, or let the old dog die? As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!