Len Wiseman, the director behind the upcoming Die Hard prequel, has finally provided some detail on how Bruce Willis' John McClane will be incorporated into the film.
Talking to Collider, Wiseman said that longtime fans of the series had never seen "the love story" develop between McClane and his ex-wife Holly, and wanted to rectify that. They also never got to meet McClane before he became the dedicated detective that he's best known for today. Wiseman added that he wanted to explore McClane's years as a beat cop in New York City (again, before he became an actual detective) and follow the struggles of McClane during that period.
In order to allow this storyline to unfold and include Bruce Willis in the movie, Wiseman confirmed the film would time hop a little, going back and forth between 1978 and present day.
"It's really working into the plot, with the '70s having ramifications on present day Bruce," Wiseman said. "It intercuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane."
With that being said, the director did confirm he would like the movie to take place on New Year's Eve in 1979 and wanted to hopefully release the movie around the same time — around New Year's, not around 1979.
Willis is back on board for the film, but casting hasn't even started yet for the actor who will play a young McClane.
When Die Hard: Year One is released, it will be the sixth film in the franchise, following A Good Day to Die Hard which was released in 2013.