August 1, 2011

Although it was announced earlier this year that Smart People director Noam Murro would be directing the as-of-yet-untitled fifth Die Hard film, Twitch broke the news that, now attached to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia, Murro would no longer helm the next adventure of John McClane. Now, Deadline has an update with a short list of candidates that 20th Century Fox is eyeing to take the job.

The list includes Joe Cornish (Attack the BlocK), Justin Lin (Fast Five), John Moore (Max Payne) and Nicolas Winding Refn (the upcoming Drive). Twitch suggests that Moore may be the top candidate and that it is up to him whether he takes the job or not.

It is meanwhile being reported that the script for the film, drafted by Skip Woods (The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), brings McClane and his son to Russia. Bruce Willis is certain to return to his iconic role with no word yet on the casting of his son. Though Mary Elizabeth Winstead played McClane’s daughter in Live Free or Die Hard, her character’s brother was only mentioned offhand in that film and hasn’t been seen since then-child actor Noah Land played the role in the original Die Hard.

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