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Writer Pitches New 'Die Hard' Film In Full-Page 'Hollywood Reporter' Ad
A writer took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to pitch his idea for a new Die Hard flick. FOX has been plotting a Die Hard prequel that tells the origin story of John McClane. Deadline reported that many screenwriters were hopeful about getting the gig, but one writer has gone to great lengths to show his value.
Eric D. Wilkinson, a writer and producer who typically works with indie fare, is an admitted fan of the franchise. He took out a full-page ad detailing his idea for the Die Hard prequel, the AV Club reports. Wilkinson writes in his open letter to Bruce Willis, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and producer/director Len Wiseman that Die Hard is, in fact, his favorite movie of all time. However, he's always been chasing that first Die Hard dragon, finding himself "somewhat unsatisfied" with the sequels.
"I know that I speak for a number of other fans when I say that the problem with them is that they're missing the one key ingredient which made the original so great: an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances," he writes.
Wilkinson believes that the original Die Hard is enough of an origin story, and he, along with writer Richard Schenkman, have an idea for the perfect Die Hard film.
In the opening of Wilkinson and Schenkman's Die Hard: Year One, we see John McClane, at age 60, headed to a federal prison. Why? We don't know yet. And before we find out, we travel back in time to 1979, where a young Detective McClane is trying to catch the person who murdered a 6-year-old boy. McClane tracks down a possible sex trafficker whom he believes may be the culprit, but the suspect vanishes only moments before McClane is about to slap on the cuffs. He argues with his superior, the case goes cold and McClane is ultimately transferred to "the city's bleakest division."
It's 34 years later, and McClane is in Russia, involved in A Good Day to Die Hard. While McClane is kicking ass in Russia, the body of the sex trafficker is discovered. Not only does it link the trafficker to the little boy's murder, but McClane to the guy's death. So, when our hero gets back to the U.S., he's arrested for murder. He's found guilty and ends up in a prison full of some serious bad guys. This includes a couple of terrorists from the Middle East, who, unbeknownst to McClane, are planning some trouble.
Meanwhile, McClane's wife, Holly, locates some evidence that will exonerate her husband and possibly implicate his old superior. Unfortunately, she shows up to present it to him at the exact same time that there's a massive riot, which puts the prison on lockdown and makes Holly, once again, a hostage. It turns out that the riot was really a big ruse meant to allow the two terrorists to break out so they can follow through with their plans to attack New York. But lucky for the Big Apple, McClane is there.
"And when it comes to John McClane, old habits die hard."
Let's be real: 10/10 would watch.
A peek at Wilkinson's IMDB shows he's a producer on several indie flicks, and also wrote Mischief Night, a 2013 film about a woman with psychosomatic blindness who has to save her family from an intruder. An ad of that size in The Hollywood Reporter apparently costs $2,200, so here's hoping they give him the job!