Monday, February 14, 2011
Halo Director to Helm Die Hard 5
Noam Murro will helm the film for 20th Century Fox, based on a script by (gulp) Skip Woods, the writer of Hitman and (double gulp) X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Murro's claims to fame are Smart People, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and a series of recent ads for the video game Halo: Reach. Those ads are what "really impressed" the studio brass, according to Deadline.com.
The New York Times' Vulture blog reported that Daniel Espinosa, the director of the upcoming Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds CIA thriller Safe House, was this close to getting the gig, but apparently not so much.
Fox still has to get Bruce Willis to sign a deal, but the actor has publicly expressed excitement to reprise his role as John McClane. That last Die Hard film, Live Free or Die Hard, directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2007 and grossed $384 million worldwide.
The project getting seemingly fast-tracked is somewhat surprising, as the rumor mill said the studio was less than impressed with Woods' script. Not sure what the next steps are there, but IGN will keep you updated, just as soon as we radio Al Powell and take out terrorists with feet smaller than our sister's. (Reference!)