Earlier today, Jim Rome (who, from what I can gather, is a man with a goatee), spoke with co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Film Entertainment Tom Rothman about Die Hard 5, and Rothman was good enough to spill a whole tin of informational beans about the film.
Here are the key bits from the subsequent press release.
Tom told Jim Rome that there will be a new film added to the series called A Good Day To Die Hard…
I like to think of 100 monkeys at 100 typewriters slaving away for years on end to come up with that title. And by monkeys I mean underpaid interns at Fox, and by typewriters I mean Macbook Pros.
…and it will debut on February, 14 2013.
Yes! Die Hard was the ultimate Christmas movie, now let's take that pathetic, pustulent non-holiday known as Valentine's Day and spray it with blood and intestines and then cover it with napalm and burn it alive like the unholy heap of manure that it is!*
He also revealed that there will be a possible future for the son of Die Hard character John McClane. This could lay out a series of movies for the McClane son to continue the Die Hard franchise.
John McClane's son must be played by Zach Galifianakis.
Actually Bruce Willis wants to hang on for one more film after this one. Last year he said to the people over at FHM:
In the next few years they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else. But for me, I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie – Die Hard 6 – before finally hanging that white vest up for good.
To which the people at FHM probably responded:
Bruce, we're trying to do a photoshoot with Heidi Klum. Please leave.
I have to say, I'm starting to feel incredibly sorry for John McClane. Have you ever known anyone else to be dragged into so many crisis situations by pure bad luck? A better title for this film would be Can't All You Terrorists Just Leave Me Alone? I Don't Care If You Have A Bomb, I Just Want To Finish My Chicken Nuggets And Watch This Episode Of Seinfeld. Also I'm 56 And Have Already Gone Bald From Stress.
That might not fit on a poster, though.
A Good Day to Die Hard was written by the A-Team's Skip Woods and will be directed by Max Payne's John Moore.
*Hannah was single last Valentine's Day and is still ever so slightly bitter.