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 6to 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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