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It's a British Die Hard with elected representatives

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A new action picture is set up at Sony Pictures called The Lord's Day which kind of sounds like Die Hard in the British parliamentary system. To be written by Taken writer Robert Mark Kamen, the movie is about a group of terrorists that take over the British House of Lords on the first day of parliament, taking all of the representatives hostage.

Here's where the John McClane element comes into play: one of the politicians inside the building is a guy named Harry Jones. Harry's old job was with the British military and so he's got the combat training to hunt down the terrorists and pull a Nakatomi on their sorry asses. Of course, this being a Die Hard copycat, Harry's job isn't as straightforward as that as he also discovers that there's a sinister plot afoot (dun-DUM-dun!) that, in the words of The Hollywood Reporter "uncovers a more complex and consequential global conspiracy than anyone could have suspected." It's not bad enough that these bad guys are terrorists, they also have to be part of another darn global conspiracy.

But don't blame Kamen for coming up with this story; believe it or not, it's based on a novel by Michael Dobbs. Die Hard was also based on a novel too. Atlas Entertainment, the firm that developed the Get Smart movie, are working on this one too. The producers are Charles Roven and Steve Alexander.

Yeah, I noticed too that the Reporter story refered to the movie's title as The Lord's Day, with the possessive indicating a singular lord, while the title of the novel is the multiple possessive Lords'. No, I don't know why it got changed. Ask Steven Zeitchik at The Hollywood Reporter.

I hear Alan Rickman is looking for work.

-The Hollywood Reporter.

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