The search for a director for Die Hard 5 may finally be over. After Noam Murro left the project to helm 300: Battle of Artemisia, a number of names were thrown around as possible replacements, including Fast Five’s Justin Lin and Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish. Ultimately, it looks like Fox settled on John Moore, a director whose credits include such underwhelming fare as Max Payne and Flight of the Phoenix. Fox was apparently keen on Moore from the get-go, but Bruce Willis took some convincing. Willis was won over by Moore’s “love for the John McClane character” and grasp of how to shoot stunts practically with minimal CGI. Hit the jump for more, including my thoughts on this decision.
Scripted by Scott Woods, the fifth installment in the franchise will move the action to Russia with a budget close to the 100 million that Live Free or Die Hard cost. Deadline’s report says that the plan is to shoot the new Die Hard before Willis moves on to Red 2, which is currently in the middle of its own director search. Deadline says that a number of helmers are being considered for the Red sequel, with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) among the candidates for the job. Last we heard, Summit had a script in place and was deciding how many new additions to make to the film, and which characters from the first flick to bring back.
Moore isn’t necessarily the most exciting of choices, and it’s hard for me to not immediately write the film off as forgettable. Every single one of the other directors on Fox’s shortlist (Joe Cornish, Justin Lin, Nicholas Winding Refn) would have been an improvement, as Moore has yet to make an interesting film. However, miracles can happen, and I would like nothing more than to be pleasantly surprised.