I freely admit I liked Live Free or Die Hard. I just watch it as a Bruce Willis action film, since it doesn’t really feel like a Die Hard movie. I hope that’s different with A Good Day to Die Hard.
The new film takes place in Russia and has John McClane helping his son Jack take down some bad Russian dudes. Maybe the Russian setting will reinvigorate the franchise.
Empire had a chance to talk to director John Moore about the film and what we can expect.
Will it be self-referential and jokey?
“No, because that’s preposterous! I don’t know whether it’s post-financial crash or whatever, but I don’t think people are in the mood for that bollocks anymore. People are well savvy to the cynical reheating of any product, any franchise. Any shit won’t do. The bar’s a bit higher.
“There are a couple of great gags and a couple of great McClanisms. It’s not like he this idiot, bumbling around Moscow making ‘America won the Cold War’ jokes. It’s not Carry On Die Hard, I can assure you…”
Will the action be bigger than the previous installment?
“The scope along goes from New York to Moscow. It’s very, very international. There’s a car chase through Moscow that’s taking us 78 days to shoot. So… yeah. That should answer your question!”
If you find these words encouraging I don’t want to poop on your parade, but keep in mind Moore also directed Max Payne and the remake of The Omen.
Mr. Moore, all I ask is that McClane be human and not still have any of the super soldier serum he apparently took before the last film.
A Good Day to Die Hard hits theatres February 14, 2013.