Whether or not you’re a fan of the movie, you’ve probably been witness to the annual Christmas debate of whether or not Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie. It takes place at Christmastime, but there are still plenty of skeptics who insist that that does not automatically deem it a “Christmas” movie. Well, after all of this time we finally have an answer from the film’s writer.
Diehard’s writer Steven de Souza confirmed on Twitter that John McClane and all of his “Yippee-ki-yaying” definitely deserve a spot in your Christmas movie queue.
Yes, because the studio rejected the Purim draft #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) December 24, 2017
When CNN reporter Jake Tapper reached out to Souza to hopefully get an answer to this long-debated question he was met with the response that yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie only “because the studio rejected the Purim draft” followed by the hashtag #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie. Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman.
Die Hard came out in 1998 and followed John McClane (Bruce Willis), an NYPD officer that tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro (Bonnie Bedelia) and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
So, now that the score has technically been settled – what is your final stance on the matter?
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.