Assuming, of course, he’s not completely out of his element – which is exactly where Willis wants to put him.
The “Cop Out” star revealed that he’d like to take a “worldwide” approach to “Die Hard 5,” presumably meaning that McClane would leave the states behind to battle an international threat. If that’s the case, here are a few foreign settings that could pose a challenge for the “Die Hard” hero.
The Caribbean: More than the T-800, John McClane needs a vacation. “Die Hard 5” could give him his just reward by placing the New York cop on an island-trotting cruise ship during Christmas break. McClane pulled through “Die Hard with a Vengeance” with a hell of a hangover -– let’s see how he does after a few piña coladas.
Germany: Have we seen the last of the Gruber family line? Not if we head to Germany for “Die Hard 5.” McClane has made short work of brothers Hans and Simon, but what about Mama and Papa Gruber? How about their dog? As the odd numbered “Die Hard” films have focused on the Grubers already, bringing them back for a third round in number five makes plenty of sense to me.
The Middle East: As one of the most war-torn places on the planet, McClane’s unique skill set (see: driving cars into elevator shafts, blowing up helicopters with a handgun, regularly showing no mercy) would certainly come in handy in Afghanistan or Iraq. And come on, let’s face it – if there’s anybody that could bring peace to the Middle East, it’s John McClane.
Russia: The former USSR is the site of some of the greatest spy stories of all time, and while John McClane has many fine qualities to his name, subtlety is not one of them. I’d love to see McClane thrust into a high stakes Russian spy mission that requires a bit of finesse and discretion, because there’s just no way he could pull it off.
Space: If Willis wants to go worldwide, there’s no better way to do that than to take “Die Hard 5” off planet. I can see it now: the bald-headed hero gets frozen in cryo-stasis, is ejected from Earth and later thawed out by an alien civilization millions of light years away. They say that in space, no one can hear you scream –- not until John McClane defeats an insurgent extraterrestrial threat while shouting “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf–kers,” that is.
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