Disney Puts the DIE HARD Prequel “McClane” on the Shelf

By: John M Jerva

I can’t say that I’m surprised but it appears that the long gestating Die Hard prequel titled McClane has officially been terminated over at Disney who acquired 20th Century Films a few years back.

The ambitious project which would have gone back and forth in time showing us a young John McClane as well as the version with Bruce Willis has been shelved by the company and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura made the announcement to Polygon while doing press for Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins.

“Yeah, no, It’s not happening,” di Bonaventura said in the interview. “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.”

di Bonaventura also chatted about how the planned sequel would have included both versions of McClane, a younger fresh police officer and the grizzled old veteran we all know and love.

What was interesting about our idea was it allowed you the ability to meet the young John McClane and use Bruce. So it was really interesting in that way. So you sort of got to see both versions of him. A bit [like The Godfather Part 2].

The last outing, A Good Day to Die Hard was panned by critics and fans alike so getting another installment was a tough sale.

The prequel was supposed to film years ago with Underworld director Len Wiseman helming but once Disney acquired 20th Century Films, once known as 20th Century Fox, the movie was a casualty of war. That doesn’t mean that we will never see another entry in the blockbuster franchise but for now, this one is dead. Oh well, I would have loved to see what they did with it.


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