Len Wiseman (born March 4, 1973 in Fremont, California, USA) is the American director, who directed Live Free or Die Hard. He also played two different characters in the same film.
He also directed and co-produced Underworld, Underworld: Evolution and the 2012 remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall, as well as the pilot of the new "Hawaii Five-O" remake series. He is the creator of the FOX television series "Sleepy Hollow" and directed the pilot episode of that show.
- Wiseman was 15 years old when he saw the first Die Hard. Once back at home, he made his own version of the film in his own backyard on the family video camera. Twenty years later, he got to direct the fourth film. He would use a fight scene from his home movie in this film. Wiseman is also the last name of one of the cops in the movie.
- The car that is stolen in the film by McClane and Farrell is a 2006 E60 BMW 5 series, which was chosen due to a poll that found that people wanted films that had more BMWs in it. The main reason given was that the alternatives (Audis and Mercedes-Benzes) were too common and not bold and imposing enough to go with the characters in the film. The particular BMW model (5 series) was chosen because Wiseman, found "the 3 series too common, the 7 series too uptight and every other car either too feminine or compensating for a midlife crisis... Everything McClane isn't, yet".
- Director Len Wiseman makes a cameo as the pilot of the F35 jet. He also voiced the cop named Wiseman in the same film. When McClane is driving toward the helicopter, he says, "You think a traffic jam, throwing a car at me is gonna stop me, huh?" Wiseman dubbed the last part of this line ("Gonna stop me"), imitating the voice of Bruce Willis.
- The elevator shaft sequence was not in the film's script when Len Wiseman was hired as director. Wiseman added it because he associated elevator shafts and claustrophobic spaces with Die Hard.