Fox Archives: 30 Years Ago… ‘Die Hard’ (1988) and the creation of Nakatomi Plaza


In July 1988, the film “Die Hard” premiered in theaters across the U.S. The movie, produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film, starred Bruce Willis as John McClane, a retired NYPD policer officer who, while attempting to reconcile with his wife during her work Christmas party, gets redirected into helping save hostages and stop terrorist and thieves as they take over control of the Nakatomi Corporation’s office building Nakatomi Plaza.

The real building used to represent the set of Nakatomi Plaza was the Fox Plaza, located adjacent to the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles. Thirty years later, here is a look back at the creation of the famous Nakatomi Plaza and more:

The Fox Archives is mandated to collect, catalog, preserve and make accessible the following assets of the 20th Century Fox studios: props, set decoration, photographs, art department and publicity materials from our film and television productions, and from the 20th Century Fox studio itself. We work primarily with internal Fox groups but also from time to time with outside organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.