Hi 3.5 readers.
Yes, I am trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse but I do have Alien Jones’ space phone to keep me updated on the latest pop culture news.
So this idea for a Die Hard prequel starring Bruce Willis about John McClane’s early days as a NYC cop.
Here’s the thing.
First. Let me say this. Big Die Hard fan here. It’s my favorite Christmas movie.
3.5 READERS – But BQB, it’s an action film!
So what? It takes place during an office Christmas party taken over by evil terrorists! Every year without fail, when you’re watching the Grinch or It’s a Wonderful Life or whatever I’m watching John McClane save Nakatomi.
Here’s why the original Die Hard was so great.
It starred an average guy in the lead role.
Originally, Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be McClane. Would have been ok. Probably would have ended up being mildly memorable.
But Bruce Willis? Then a pretty average looking dude, hell he was balding and going with that “I’m fighting the good fight against hair loss” hairstyle at the time.
And it made all the difference.
Sure, McClane was a cop but in real life the average cop is not equipped to take down a team of highly trained terrorists all by himself.
That’s what made the movie awesome. It basically asked YOU to step into McClane’s shoes. You’re not Arnold. You don’t have muscles up the wazoo. You have average speed, strength, agility, intelligence…and now it’s up to YOU to save the day.
McClane was more or less one of the first average heroes in an action film.
Aside from the idea that a younger actor will play a young McClane – I mean, I get that – sure, Bruce Willis can’t play a young version of himself. But Willis is so McClane I don’t know how its possible to find anyone else to play this iconic role.
That’s crazy in and of itself but what’s really crazy about the idea is that if you create an adventure where McClane had some kind of amazing fight between himself and various bad dudes BEFORE the original, then how can I ever enjoy the original again?
Because again, that’s the beauty of the original – average guy fights against the odds. Give McClane an adventure that happened BEFORE Nakatomi and well, ok who gives a shit then, of course John can handle Hans Gruber and Co, he handed X bad guy in the damn prequel.
BOOO!!!! BOO!!! BOO! I say BOOO!!!! Don’t make it Hollywood. Don’t make it.