"Die Hard" not dead yet: New script in works

Wed May 5, 2010 9:56pm EDT
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John McClane's string of bad luck may not yet be over.

"Hitman" screenwriter Skip Woods is in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to take a crack at a new "Die Hard" script. The New York cop known for consistently being in the wrong place at the right time has already survived four run-ins with terrorists, traitors and psychotic loose cannons of one stripe or another.

In his last outing, "Live Free or Die Hard," written by Mark Bomback and directed by Len Wiseman in 2007, McClane battled Web terrorists to $378 million in worldwide grosses -- 20 years after pitching Hans Gruber out a broken window at Fox towers. The studio sees another installment as a strong bet.

There's no word yet on the new project's story line, but former Fox executive Alex Young ("Unstoppable") is producing.

Woods has co-written several high-profile projects for Fox, including "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the forthcoming TV-series adaptation "The A-Team." He also wrote the original screenplay for "Swordfish."

Bruce Willis, who plays McClane, has several projects moving toward release -- Sylvester's Stallone's "The Expendables" and the action comedy "Red" -- and then a late-summer production start on the video-game adaptation "Kane & Lynch."

After that, he's free to dig out the stubble, filthy T-shirt and beleaguered wisecracks.