Even if “Die Hard 4” is not necessarily the most popular opus of the franchise, it is a real childhood dream that has come true for director Len Wiseman. The latter was such a fan of the saga that he made a short film “Die Hard” during his high school years.
Die Hard : one of the most iconic action sagas
The very first film, Crystal trap, released in 1988. At the time, Bruce Willis was still unknown to the general public. But the film by John McTiernan, which then grossed more than $ 141 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 28 million), gives the actor worldwide fame. Crystal trap quickly became a cult film which pushed the 20th Century Fox to produce numerous suites. Thereby, 5 other films Die Hard will see the light of day. The latest, Die Hard: Beautiful day to die, was released in 2013 under the direction of John Moore. But the critical failure of this final opus has buried the production of a sixth film.
Die Hard 4 – Back to Hell is him an episode relatively appreciated by fans of the license. Released in 2007, or more than ten years after the third film, the feature film, directed by Len Wiseman, brings in more than $ 338 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 110 million). Above all, the film modernizes the mythology of John McClane, by confronting this policeman from another time with a technological threat that is totally beyond him.
Len Wiseman: a huge fan of John McClane
The film owes its success to the involvement of its director. Indeed, Len Wiseman has never hidden his overwhelming interest in the John McClane franchise. Len Wiseman, to whom we owe in particular the first two Underworld, the remake of Total Recall or episodes of Lucifer, The Gifted and Swamp Thing, is a bit like the Jake Peralta of directors, and considers himself a huge fan of the first film.
It is thanks to this respect for the license that the director decided to make an extremely realistic film. No scenery was generated on the computer and all the stunts were performed without special effects.. Throughout the production of the film, Len Wiseman relied on the tone and approach of Crystal trap. In fact, the filmmaker is such a fan of John McTiernan’s work that when he was still a student, he made a short film Die Hard with his high school friends. We hope to one day be able to discover this document which was certainly to be a unique proposition …