Live Free or Die Hard, coming to a multiplex near you on June 29th, is being released overseas as Die Hard 4.0. It seems the people at 20th Century Fox don't think countries other than America will be able to grasp the concept of "freedom." Truth be told, neither title fills me with excitement. Live Free or Die Hard sounds like a Toby Keith song, and the 4.0 seems better suited for a direct-to-DVD sequel to a movie that sucked to begin with. I'm too blinded by love, were Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard: With A Vengeance dumb titles, too? They both seemed pretty awesome then, and still work for me now.

I dig the first three Die Hard movies with a fiery passion, but each piece of news that comes out about this new one, from title to choice of director to pairing John McClane with a sure-to-be-wisecracking Justin Long, makes me very uneasy. The casting of Long also has me horrified -- the thought that they're going to release this as a PG-13. If I have to hear "Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Jerkface!" I'm going to go insane. The only move that seems smart so far is the casting of Timothy Olyphant as the villain. He was wonderfully slimy in Go and The Girl Next Door, and I'm eager to see him get his Gruber on. (Read Ryan's interview with Olyphant here.) What do you guys prefer? Live Free or 4.0? Or do you have some suggestions of your own? Personally, I think they should scrap them both and go with my title: Die? Hardly!
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