For years, Die Hard has been recognized as one of the all-time great action flicks, and one of the most beloved Christmas movies as well. Sure, It’s a Wonderful Life has an uplifting message about humanity, but Die Hard‘s got peak Bruce Willis, the Rickiest of all the Alan Rickman villains, and even the final song in the movie, Vaughn Monroe’s “Let It Snow,” sends us out on a festive note. It just doesn’t get old even after three decades. But this year, Santa’s got something special under the tree: the Die Hard Christmas book that we never knew we needed! Comedian Doogie Horner and artist J.J. Horner are collaborating on A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, a new book which fully combines the joys of Christmas with Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart’s crackling script. It’s too bad that none of their dialogue appears in the early preview pages, but the narrative is carried by Horner’s appropriation of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” a poem which may be better known for its famous opening line: “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The book is fairly short at 32 pages, but it covers the major character and action beats from director John McTiernan’s film. It may look like a children’s book, but it would probably be a bad idea to give it to young kids. The brutal actions of Hans Gruber and his men are largely intact, and John McClane doesn’t hold back either. Let’s just say that John does get the machine gun that he’s been wanting for Christmas, “Ho, ho, ho.” You can find additional preview pages and the cover in our gallery below. A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic is definitely something that we want under our Christmas tree! And you can buy your own copy when it hits book stores this October.Are you up for Die Hard Christmas book? Say “Yippie-ki-yay!” in the comment section below!
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