Lethal Weapon 5 Could Happen With Original Cast And Director
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Lethal Weapon is one of the most popular action franchises of the '80s and '90s, with the last movie, Lethal Weapon 4, released in 1998. In more recent years, the series has been rebooted for TV, but it now seems that the original movie's stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover might return for a fifth movie.
Lethal Weapon producer Dan Lin spoke about the potential Lethal Weapon 5 during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable event. He revealed that not only were Gibson and Glover on board to reprise their roles as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, but original director Richard Donner was in talks too. "We're trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie," he said, via The Playlist. "And Dick Donner's coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it's just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it's about the script."
News of a potential Lethal Weapon 5 was first reported in 2017. Back then, Deadline stated that Gibson, Glover, and Donner were all interested in a new film, with Lethal Weapon 4 writer Channing Gibson (no relation to Mel) set to write the screenplay. It's unknown whether the "personal" story that Lin mentioned is the script written by Gibson.
The original Lethal Weapon was released in 1987. It was the first screenwriting credit for Iron Man 3 and The Predator director Shane Black, and was a huge hit, influencing many buddy cop movies over the next decade. The sequels followed in 1989, 1992, and 1998.
As for the TV show, that was cancelled in May last year after three seasons. The show was hit by controversy when star Clayne Crawford was fired following allegations of abusive on-set behavior. He was replaced by Seann Wiliam Scott for the third season, but after co-star Damon Wayans left the series too, the whole thing was axed.
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