Indie Filmmaker Makes Die Hard Pitch
SO how did you react when you heard Hollywood was planning another Die Hard movie? Did it help to know that producers are planning to reboot the series with an “origin” story currently titled Die Hard: Day One? I suspect that your reaction was somewhere between an eye roll and losing your lunch. For a franchise that has stumbled for years, it’s safe to say most fans would like to see good old John McClane just ride out into the sunset.
But one indie filmmaker took his passion for the franchise and its iconic hero to a new level. Eric D. Wilkinson took out a full-page ad in the November 20th issue of The Hollywood Reporter to make his plea and pitch to star Bruce Willis and director Len Wiseman. Wilkinson’s pitch puts a 60-something John McClane behind bars after being falsely convicted of murdering a sex trafficker. While in prison, he becomes entangled in prison riot plot being fostered by a terrorist organization. Of course, in the end, McClane saves the day.
Wilkinson spent several thousand dollars of his own money to run the ad. He is a professed “crazy addict” of the Die Hard series and even took the time to detail where he felt the franchise has lost its way. He recently told Gawker that he doesn’t really expect the studio (Fox), Willis or Wiseman to contact him.
“Oh, I’m not going to hear from them. My chances are slim to none… Would I love the opportunity to get in a room with those guys and really talk in detail about my idea? Absolutely. But realistically, this is going to trend for a couple days, and then I’m going to back to doing what it is that I do.”
Unfortunately, Wilkinson is probably right. There is no indication that anyone involved with Die Hard (Willis included) has had a real clue about how to move the franchise forward in years. After the marginal Live Free or Die Hard, they followed it up with the B-movie quality of A Good Day to Die Hard. Maybe Wilkinson’s ideas are not the fully cooked, it sure sounds better than bringing Willis back to play a younger version of himself circa 1979. And his passion is commendable.
If ever a franchise needed to listen to its fans, this is one.