Variety is reporting news that the fourth installment in the Die Hard franchise will not actually be titled Die Hard: Reset as was previously rumored, instead the film will be titled Live Free or Die Hard, which makes more sense considering the titles to the two previous sequels tried to be rather clever in their wording as well.
The film will return Bruce Willis to the bigscreen as rough-and-tumble New York cop John McClane, and it is set for release on June 29, 2007, which is no accident my friends. Considering the film has a particular plot twist surrounding July 4 we get that particular release.
This means the pic will be releasing only four days prior to the bow of Paramount and DreamWorks’ Transformers adaptation, which means 2007 is shaping up to be a blockbuster extravaganza!
The picture will be directed by Underworld helmer Len Wiseman and finds our hero John McClane (Willis) battling an Internet terrorist organization intending to systematically demolish or seize our technological infrastructure via a three-day plan culminating on July 4th. These guys will gradually step up malfunctions starting with traffic control systems, working towards economic markets, and finally shutting down key utilities like power and water to send the US essentially into a modern Dark Ages.
Wiseman was quoted by USA Today saying, “Our villain is high tech, but the way McClane deals with him is low-tech. A fistfight still solves a lot of problems.” Wiseman says the fourth outing “will be a more epic movie. It’s on a much grander scale. The threat is nationwide.”
Pic, set to begin shooting next month.