"There is no John McClane." That's what "Cop Out" star Bruce Willis cautions MTV's Josh Horowitz to remember when the subject of that iconic "Die Hard" character comes up. And then he dropped the bomb: "I think we're going to do a 'Die Hard 5' next year."
"The John McClane that exists is only in film and in people's minds. And it continues to grow, that mythology continues to grow," he explained. "Die Hard" exploded onto screens in 1988. Almost two decades later, in 2007, a fourth movie in the franchise was released, much to the delight of fans. It seemed almost too much to dare believe that there might be another one... until Willis confirmed just that.
It's all an in-process thing at this point, with no hard details decided upon. Willis will obviously be involved since there can be no "Die Hard" without John McClane, and he's already got a few ideas.
"I would hire Len Wiseman right now," he said, referring to the director the well-received fourth chapter in the series, 2007 release "Live Free or Die Hard." He also has an idea of the scope of the next movie, a pretty obvious next step for a series which has gone from "trapped in a building" to "trapped in an airport" to "trapped in New York City" to, most recently, "trapped by the Internet." So what's next?
"Well it's got to go worldwide," Willis concluded. "That would be my contribution to [the next movie]."
Still, for all of the accolades the classic action series gets, the veteran actor tries to keep things in perspective. "I take a certain amount of pride in being part of that [mythology]], and the fact that I still get to do it," he said.
"But I like so much more making fun of it, taking the piss out of it and not making it a big deal. Not making the fact that I've acted in a lot of movies a big deal. It's all illusion and it's all bulls--t and it's a great job for me to have, but everything else you can set on fire. Making people laugh is the real deal."
Are you ready for a fifth "Die Hard"? Where would you like to see the story go?