John Moore to Direct Bruce Willis in Die Hard 5

Someone hand director John Moore a giant, stuffed teddy bear because he just won the prize to direct John McClane Bruce Willis in “Die Hard 5”. Let’s refresh your memories: Back at the end of July, it was revealed that “Die Hard 5” would be heading to Russia with McClane’s son instead of daughter, who we all saw in “Live Free or Die Hard” played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (No word on whether she’ll actually return). While in Russia, McClane and son would be drawn into a conflict with local forces. That’s the minimum plot details we know for the moment.

Then, a short list of directors was revealed that included Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”), John Moore (“Max Payne”) and Nicolas Winding Refn (the upcoming film “Drive”).

Deadline confirms that John Moore will direct the flick, but only after convincing Willis in letting him do so. Willis was hands-on with who’d he let direct the fifth film in the franchise and after Moore and Willis had long meetings together, Willis was swayed by Moore’s love for the John McClane character, and his grasp of how to shoot practical, non-CGI-heavy action scenes that have been a hallmark of the Die Hard series.

Originally, Noam Murro was going to direct part five, but exited once he got the chance to direct “300: Battle of Artemisia”.

“Die Hard 5’s” script is written by “The A-Team”‘s Skip Woods.