I'm sure you've heard this before, but I think I've come up with a genuinely original take on the
Die Hard sub-genre.
My question is if you'd consider this sub-genre of movie still viable or even attractive in this day
and age, or whether they're an inherently dated form. I'm sure you get to read many such scripts and
wondered if you had any advice, especially with a female protagonist.
If it's good, it's viable. It's true that it's possible for a particular flavor of sub-genre to wear out its welcome. But if it's a really good script, it'll sell. Don't forget that OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and WHITE HOUSE DOWN both were variations on the Die Hard formula and they sold within weeks of each other.
The female protagonist thing is inevitably going to provoke the question, "Does it have to be a woman? Can it be a man?" It's ridiculous that that's still a common response in this day and age, especially when Gravity has been flying high at the box office, toplined by a 49 year-old woman. You'll probably be given some nonsense about how foreign sales will be easier with a male lead, but then remember that at least two companies that we know of are working on some variation of "Female Expendables."
My pet theory is that when executives resort to those easy (and outdated) reasons for passing on a spec, what they're really saying is "I don't like this enough to make it." They're not passionate about it. Maybe they see a few elements that could sell tickets, but the script just didn't blow them away. But they have to say something. They have to give a reason why the script isn't good for them.
I've you've got an idea that truly is that brilliant and writing that just leaps off the page, once you get it into a few people's hands, you'll probably be able to gauge their passion for it. I'm sure that within the next year, we'll see at least one sale of a script that can be described as "Die Hard in a..."