“We’re Back, We’re Bad, You’re Black, I’m Mad”
Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter’s producers’ roundtable, Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon television series, It, Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie) revealed Warner Bros. plans for a Lethal Weapon revival.
And according to Lin, the original band is getting back together, including 90-year old filmmaker Richard Donner who directed all four of the previous films. Lin said –
“We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie,”
“And [Richard] Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel [Gibson] and Danny [Glover] are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”
The four films released between 1987 and 1998 saw Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play two very different cops assigned to work together to bring down criminals in Los Angeles. Gibson’s Ex-Special Forces Martin Riggs tended to throw caution to the wind whereas Glover’s Detective Roger Murtaugh was a family man who just wanted to stay alive long enough to see retirement.
The Predator’s Shane Black, who wrote the first movie, revealed his own pitch for Lethal Weapon 5, which didn’t grow legs. Black said –
“I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for Lethal Weapon 5 that would’ve been, I think, a very good movie,”
“It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtagh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan that’s smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them.”
There’s no mention here of Black’s involvement though.
Lethal Weapon 5 hasn’t got the green light from Warner Bros. just yet, we’ll let you know if, and when, it does.