John McClane isn't finished spitting out one-liners and shooting up terrorists all on his bare feet. Risky Business reports that a fifth Die Hard movie is in the works with Hitman screenwriter Skip Woods in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to tackle the script. His past credits include co-writing duties on X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the forthcoming adaptation of The A-Team, in addition to the screenplay for Swordfish starring Hugh Jackman, John Travolta and Halle Berry's chest.
I'm certainly not against another Die Hard outing, especially since Live Free or Die Hard was such a disappointment in the face of its predecessors. It's kind of like how some fans really want George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford to saddle up for one more Indiana Jones movie — the last one was already such a letdown, there's just no way the legacy can get any worse.
That said, I don't have any confidence in Woods based on his resume. I suppose everybody has to start somewhere, but it would be a real sign of good faith if Fox hired someone completely out of left field — like swear-happy comic book scribe Mark Millar, for instance, if we're just throwing ideas at the wall — to tackle the Die Hard screenplay. Someone totally unexpected but completely inspired. I'm not getting that vibe from Woods. Instead, I can't shake the feeling that we're in store for more heartless, gutless PG-13 fluff.
What do you guys think? Can Woods handle John McClane or are we headed for another disappointment?