Die Hard (1988), Die Harder (1990), Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988)20th Century Fox

Director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) seems to have something really interesting planned for the sixth instalment of the popular action franchise — Die Hard. He calls it a "prequel/sequel."

Titled Die Hard Year One, the upcoming film will feature a young John McClane before he became a bitter, unsuccessful cop in a failed marriage. Wiseman wants to show how he ended up that way.

"We've never seen the actual love story," Wiseman told Collider. "We know its demise, but we've never seen what it was like when he met Holly, or when he was a beat cop in '78 in New York when there was no chance of him making detective. It's always been something I've been thinking about, and now we're doing it. And it ties in." The director also revealed that the prequel part of the film takes place on New Years' Eve 1979.

However, this does not mean that the film won't have Bruce Willis. After all, the actor is synonymous with the franchise. Wiseman explained that the prequel part of the storyline will eventually tie into the present, which is where Willis comes in.

"The reason I say prequel/sequel is because I wasn't going to do it without Bruce. I'm also not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick," he explained. "It's really working into the plot, with the '70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane."

With regards to finding a young John McClane, Wiseman said it has to be an actor who has "the swagger and the confidence, but also the charm, the wit, the charisma and the toughness." Any names come to mind? Let us know in the comments section below.