New ‘Die Hard’ prequel movie in the works

The loose prequel would be set in 1979, with Bruce Willis returning in present day 'bookend' scenes

A sixth Die Hard film is in the works, conceived loosely as a prequel.

The film, which currently has the working title Die Hard Year One, would largely be set in 1979 and focus on John McClane’s early career as a New York City cop. A new, younger actor would play McClane in the late ’70s, with Bruce Willis reprising his iconic role in “bookend” scenes set in the present day.

Len Wiseman, who directed the franchise’s fourth instalment, 2007’s Live Free Or Die Hard, came up with the concept for the new movie and is on board to direct. He and the film’s producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, are now looking for the screenwriter for Die Hard Year One, Deadline reports.

Willis last played John McClane in 2013’s A Good Day To Die Hard, which was poorly received by fans and films critics but nevertheless performed respectably at the box office, grossing $304 million (£196 million) worldwide. Wiseman and di Bonaventura are said to be keeping the actor “in the loop every step of the way” on the new movie featuring his most famous character.