Just when you thought Bruce Willis had taken his Untouchables and RED cheques and was thinking about some more reflective roles, Die Hard 5 gets the go-ahead and a director in the form of Noam Murro.
Die Hard reached an apex before the fourth instalment. Even with 4.0, the formula still worked, but the film had become so self-referential and tongue-in-cheek that it was hard to take it seriously (though Kevin Smith and Justin Long were admirably entertaining).
But it still pulls in the punters, and Die Hard 5 will be no exception. It’s been in pre-production limbo for a while, but now they’ve assigned a new director to the project, one Noam Murro.
There’s not a lot to say about the newest addition to Team Bruce – Murro directed Smart People, a Gatorade advert and the latest advertising campaign for the Halo franchise. It’s not a CV that’ll hit people in the same “ooh, action expert” way as, say, 4.0‘s Len Wiseman (the Underworld trilogy, notably), or the more-bankable-than-thou filmography of the original series director John McTiernan (Die Hard 1&2, The Hunt for Red October, Predator).
But a director’s a director, and even Wiseman was fairly unproven at big-budget blockbuster stuff that lay outside the realm of urban fantasy action. Murro’s got some colossal shoes to fill, but hopefully he’ll bring the same coy we’re-so-in-this-for-the-money humour to the fifth Die Hard that the previous film did so well. More on this as it comes.