Lethal Weapon: Trailer for film that featured Mitchell Ryan
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It’s been 35 years since Richard Donner directed the Shane Black-written buddy cop movie Lethal Weapon. Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs and Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh would return for three crime-fighting sequels across the late 1980s and 1990s, with Lethal Weapon 4 releasing 24 years ago.
There was even a rebooted Lethal Weapon TV series that ran for three seasons between 2016-19 starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. Yet Lethal Weapon 5, a finale for the original movie series, has been in the works at Warner Bros for ages.
In recent years, Gibson would update on the progress saying how Donner, who was entering his nineties, was working on it and due to direct.
However, tragedy fell when the franchise director died at 91 in July 2021. Since then there have been reports that the Riggs star himself will helm the finale.
Whatever the case, Gibson has given a new update on Lethal Weapon 5 that will give hope to fans.
Speaking with Screen Rant, the 66-year-old said: “It’s [coming along] great, we’ve got a really good screenplay that I developed. Well, Donner developed it, Richard Donner, of course, developed it with Richard Wenk, and they had a really good template. I had the honor of sitting down, after Richard passed away, with the writer and doing a couple more drafts and trying to do it in the spirit of what we thought Donner might [want], because I knew the guy so well. We tried to get that flavor, and we were pretty happy with what we came up with.”
Gibson admitted the new merger of Warner Bros with Discovery could change things though, saying: “The only delay is now with all the shake-up at Warners, with Discovery coming in and the new boss, and they chop everyone else up and throw them away and get new people. It always takes time for these companies to regroup, so that’s been a delay.”
Nevertheless, he ended with this exciting nugget, adding: “But I’m pretty confident we’ll get this one up on its feet, probably shoot it in the first quarter of the New Year.”
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