‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Dials Down the Humor Says Director John Moore

The filmmaker also teased an epic car chase scene through Moscow that is taking a whopping 78 days to shoot.

A Good Day to Die Hard will have less humor says director John Moore
A Good Day to Die Hard will have less humor says director John Moore
There is still much we don't know about A Good Day to Die Hard, currently shooting in Eastern Europe, aside from the fact that John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son Jack (Jai Courtney) try to avert an international crisis in Moscow. Director John Moore (Max Payne, The Omen) shed some light on the production, revealing that he is downplaying the level of humor in this new action-adventure. Here's what he had to say, when asked if this follow-up will feautre any classic John McClane jokes.

"No, because that's preposterous! I don't know whether it's post-financial crash or whatever, but I don't think people are in the mood for that bollocks anymore. People are well savvy to the cynical reheating of any product, any franchise. Any shit won't do. The bar's a bit higher. There are a couple of great gags and a couple of great McClanisms. It's not like he's this idiot, bumbling around Moscow making 'America won the Cold War' jokes. It's not Carry On Die Hard, I can assure you."

The filmmaker also teased an epic car chase scene through Moscow, a sequence that is taking up a great deal of their production schedule.

"The scope along goes from New York to Moscow. It's very, very international. There's a car chase through Moscow that's taking us 78 days to shoot. So, yeah. That should answer your question!"

A Good Day to Die Hard was released February 14th, 2013 and stars Bruce Willis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jai Courtney, Yuliya Snigir, Patrick Stewart, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cole Hauser, Anne Vyalitsyna. The film is directed by John Moore.

Sources: Empire

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  1. renodc

    I'm suprised they couldn't get a better action director than John Moore. His resume is far from stellar. Actually, his resume is pretty crappy with his last big film being the abomination called Max Payne.

    3 years agoby @renodcFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 It's on Tosh! look it up! It truly is wonderful!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 I dont think Ive seen that one

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 I do love the guy getting kicked in the face in the mall!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 O I would love to get a video of that. Id try to get it on Tosh.0

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 We just need to make sure we get it on tape

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 we could just call Chuck up and tell Chuck he said the F-bomb... Chuck will end him!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  8. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Ill go Chuck Norris on his ass if he messes this movie up!!!!!

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Track him down and round house kick him!!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 God I hope so, or that director will have to answer to us

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Well let's hope they at least keep it there@!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Exactly, it never gets old, no matter what film its in

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  13. Josh

    @kguy What was weird about that is that you can get two F-words with a PG13 rating, so they didn't even need to use that little bit of audio censorship. But, it was still a minor annoyance in a movie I otherwise loved. Hopefully this one is good too.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  14. Josh

    Did John McClane ever make an "America won the Cold War" joke?

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 that is one of the greatest lines ever!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  16. SherlockHolmes2009

    @zanyzap Agreed big time, this director has no idea what hes doing

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  17. SherlockHolmes2009

    There better be a Yippe Kay Yay Motherf*cker in this or Im gonna be pissed

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  18. ZanyZap

    F*ck you John Moore. Bruce Willis humor made the series.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag


    @slysnide Agreed... Don't change the classics... we like them for what they are!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @bawnian-dexeus I agree with that statement...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  21. LordPayne

    This John Moore guy better not eff this up. Not only was it a bad choice to have him direct to begin with, but now he's openly admitting to taking the heart of the franchise out of the movie. The whole idea of John McClane is to wise crack through tense situations.
    I'm glad its gonna be R-rated this time around, but that doesn't give this less-than-mediocre director to do whatever he wants with the character

    3 years agoby @LordPayneFlag

  22. Dan

    Beating a dead horse.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. skywise

    This is not Jason Bourne....who has pretty much no sense of humor what-so-ever. Part of what made the original Die Hard so memorable was McClane's wit and sarcasm which were essentially his way of dealing with a REALLY bad situation.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. Gandoff

    HUGE fan of the first three. Four was good, but not as good story wise as the others. But with this one, not even being in the US, kinda makes the story seam less a real option for this character. Its hard to screw up a Die Hard movie. John McClane fights off some major team of "terrorists", all while dropping one liners in a sarcastic tone. Did I mention they happen on US soil? Any way, Willis is in it, reprising his role, so this may be a watcher, if the trailer shows the right stuff.

    3 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  25. Dan

    Didn't care for the last one, won't care for this one.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  26. The Knight Has Risen

    @slysnide Or maybe the director doesn't know how to make a movie if his life depended on it. Case in point, Max Payne.

    3 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  27. slysnide

    Damn, 78 days for one car chase. Must be pretty epic.

    @instead8909: Agreed all the way. It aint "Die Hard" without the classic humor.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  28. WongFu

    No humor then it's not a Die Hard film, it's not Yippy Kay Ya 'Bang'
    then don't bother making it.
    Die Hard isn't just about the action, where's the fun, the humor, and we have to hear his catch phrase all the way through.
    He's dirty, mad, alone and has a headache, without the humor then he's taking away the human side to John.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  29. Dark-White-Knight

    This guy is a terrible director based on his previous work, he better not mess this up....the last Die Hard set the bar high since the first original Die Hard.

    3 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

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