The fifth movie in the Die Hard series — to be called A Good Day to Die Hard — will begin filming in January with Bruce Willis in the lead, maybe for the final time.
The movie’s story line will be significant because its aim is to pass on the successful franchise to a younger actor, who will play action hero John McClane’s son.
And among the names being floated to play Willis’ son is Denver Broncos quarterback and former Florida Gator Tim Tebow.
The topic of Tebow came up Wednesday when Tom Rothman, co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment announced the new film project exclusively on Wednesday on the syndicated sports show The Jim Rome Show, known as The Jungle.
“What do you think of Tebow in the lead?’’ Rothman asked Rome and the listening audience. Rome did not give Tebow a thumbs up.
“He might be too nice,” Rome said, referring to Tebow’s wholesome reputation. “But no one would work harder to make it work.” Rothmans says, regardless, he expects many young Hollywood actors to audition for the part. “We have to find just the right guy.”
Rothman admitted to Rome that with the latest movie, producers plan to bequeath the Die Hard franchise to a younger actor. Willis, now 56, starred in the first Die Hard in 1988 when he was in his early 30s.
Rothman said the latest plot has McClane, the veteran New York cop, traveling to the Soviet Union to rescue his son, who has run into trouble with authorities.
Father and son have a troubled relationship.
“They’ll be trying to resolve their issues while fighting off bad guys,’’ Rothman said. “ And the movie will show that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.’’
A Good Day to Die Hard is set for release on Valentine’s Day 2013.