When Noam Murro signed on to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia for Warner Bros. earlier this month it raised a few questions regarding the status of Die Hard 5. 20th Century Fox hired Murro in February to develop the film, but now according to Twitch Murro’s commitment to the 300 prequel means Die Hard 5 is in need of a new director.
The site says John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne) “has been told that the film is essentially his to take or leave”, but nothing is confirmed at the moment. Apparently the film “will be set largely in Russia with John McClane accompanied there by his son and the two drawn into a conflict with local forces.”
During the rounds for Cop Out last year Willis said that the next outing has “got to go worldwide”. The original had Willis trapped in a skyscraper. Die Hard 2 took place in an airport. Die Hard with a Vengeance had Willis team up with Samuel L. Jackson and follow a string of deadly clues around New York City. Finally, in Live Free or Die Hard McClane had to defend the United States from some highly skilled hackers. It makes sense that the next one would go global.
The script has been written by Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team), but it will likely be re-written once a new director comes on-board.