Die Hard Fan Who Pitched a Sequel Isn’t Getting a Sequel, But He Is Getting a Hollywood Movie Deal

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Bruce Willis shooting bad guys in the original Die Hard. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Eric D. Wilkinson, aspiring screenwriter and fervid Die Hard fan, spent thousands of dollars to send an open letter to Bruce Willis in a full-page Hollywood Reporter ad last month, pitching his idea for a Die Hard sequel. No surprise, Wilkinson's idea for a Die Hard sequel isn't gonna happen; very surprisingly, he did get a deal to write a different movie. According to The Guardian:

Wilkinson and his writing partner Richard Schenkman have since agreed a deal with LA-based Eclectic Pictures, which has a first-look arrangement with Lerner’s Millennium Films. The company has now optioned their high-concept screenplay The Devil, about the mythical flying creature said to have terrorised residents of southern New Jersey for centuries, for an unspecified sum.

Wilkinson commented, “Richard and I have developed many ideas together but this is one of my favourites. Forget what you think you know about the Jersey Devil — ours is bigger, badder and scarier than anything you could possibly imagine.”

Dreams really can come true, if you have thousands of dollars to buy an advertisement in an industry-oriented magazine.