So it turns out that Bruce Willis wasn’t bullshitting us — Fox really is moving ahead with a fifth installment in the Die Hard series after all. After hiring Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman) to pen a script sometime last year, they have now also signed a director for what is simply being called Die Hard 5. With Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman opting not to return, Fox and Bruce Willis have both been busy interviewing directors, and apparently the man they have decided on is Noam Murro. Yep, that’s right, the same guy who directed the 2008 dramedy Smart People starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page.
Certainly Murro is not the first guy I would have expected to get this job, but apparently he has done a lot of commercial work as well, and the studio was really impressed with his recent Halo Reach TV spots. Strangely, Vulture also reported yesterday that Willis had Jorge Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House) in mind to direct instead. Either way, it sounds like the script is probably going to get a rewrite, and it’s still unclear when this movie might actually go into production.
I’m curious to see how people react to the news of another Die Hard flick. Live Free or Die Hard made $383 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews, but fans seem to have soured on it over time. On the other hand, the success of Red proves that people are still very interested in seeing Bruce Willis in action movie roles. Are you looking forward to seeing the next chapter in the John McClane saga? Check out a couple of Murro’s commercials below and see what you think.