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Die Hard 6 Bruce Willis' action series to return with origin story

Twentieth Century Fox is in negotiations with to direct and produce the sixth installment in its durable 27-year-old “Die Hard” franchise.

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Die Hard 6 is officially in the works, with Live Free or Die Hard director, Len Wiseman returning to take Bruce Willis' John McClane on another action-packed adventure, Deadline reports.

The difference between this and other movies in the series is, instead of progressing, this is going back in time, as a prequel.

The first Die Hard film centered on Willis’ McClane, a tough New York cop who foils a terrorist plot in a corporate building at Christmastime.

Since then, McClane’s endeavors have escalated to impossible acts of heroism to straight-up heroes.

Director Len Wiseman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are searching for a screenwriter to develop a prequel story that will center on McClane in 1979 New York before the events of the first film.

The movie would feature a younger, grittier version of the action hero, and ideally tell the story of how McClane went from a street cop to the badass protagonist in the 1988 film.

But where does this leave Bruce Willis? The report suggests that the plan is for Die Hard 6 to have bookends featuring the older McClane — whether those segments would involve McClane facing a new mission or simply recalling his history remains unclear, but it seems unlikely that Willis would sign on to reprise the role if it left him so little to do.

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