Die Hard 4 has been on the cards for years and years now, but finally it looks as if Bruce Willis can dust off his scabby vest and practice being really good at killing hundreds of people single-handedly despite being a bit old.
For, at last, Die Hard 4 has a director. Sort of. Currently in talks to bring Bruce Willis out of retirement again to run around killing respected British Shakespearean actors with a hangover is none other than Underworld director . So we're looking forward to the Die Hard 4 scene where Bruce Willis unzips his skintight PVC catsuit and makes sweet, sweet love to a werewolf vampire played by Samuel L Jackson.
There's a bit of a trend for old actors to want to reprise their most famous roles in giant comeback movies. Sylvester Stallone isn't taking any chances – he's making a new Rocky film and a new Rambo film, and now Bruce Willis wants in, too. In fact, he's wanted in for four years, ever since Die Hard 4 was first announced. Back then, it was called Die Hard 4.0, but luckily that title has been ditched, presumably because it sounded a bit too much like a rubbish Garbage album.
Die Hard 4 producer Arnold Rifkin was apparently stalling Die Hard 4 production until he found a suitably young, stylish director to give Bruce Willis' aching joints a bit of zip. And now he's apparently found the perfect director in Len Wiseman – the man in charge of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution – who is now in talks to finally bring Die Hard 4 to the big screen for 20th Century Fox.
There's certainly a desire to make Die Hard 4; the last three Die Hard films have taken more than $1 billion at cinemas alone, and if the Len Wiseman talks go well, Die Hard 4 could be released as soon as summer 2007. There's not a lot of Die Hard 4 details – we don't know anything about co-stars – but we do know who the big Die Hard 4 villain will be. It won't be an esteemed British theatre actor masquerading as a violent German like in previous Die Hard outings, but the evil, evil Internet. So expect Die Hard 4 to be two hours of Bruce Willis sitting in a darkened room fretting over HTML ISO-8859-1 character sets.
[story by Stuart Heritage]