After flirting with the idea of releasing another watered-down, PG-13 "Die Hard" movie, it has been confirmed that Fox will release the latest installment, "A Good Day to Die Hard," with the R rating that fans have clamored for.
Sources have revealed to Collider that John McClane (Bruce Willis) will be "free to curse" and "shed as much blood as possible on the way." Given that the previous film in the series was released with a PG-13 rating, many assumed that Fox would allow this sequel to follow suit.
Thankfully, that won't be the case, as "Die Hard" will return to its edgy roots for its fifth film. This time, McClane will be teaming up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) to prevent a nuclear weapons heist in Russia. Jack won't be the only McClane progeny in the film, as it has also been confirmed that Mary Elizabeth Winstead will reprise her role as John's daughter Lucy.
"A Good Day to Die Hard" is directed by John Moore, whose previous efforts include "Max Payne" and "The Omen" remake. "Swordfish" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" scribe Skip Woods penned the script, which will find McClane on foreign soil for the first time.
While the R rating certainly doesn't guarantee any sort of quality, it's good to know that "Die Hard" will at least strive to be in the vein of the first three films. Of course, it looks like the series is also getting more preposterous and far removed from the almost quaint original film, where McClane was just an everyday cop who found himself at the wrong Christmas party when it was held hostage by terrorists.
Since then, he's become a bit of a standard-bearer action hero, a turn that was arguably solidified when he started hopping onto jet fighters in the previous film. "A Good Day to Die Hard" promises more over-the-top action of this nature, but at least we now know it'll be rated R.
The film will be released on February 15th, which serves as a bit of ironic counter-programming for Valentine's weekend.