Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Richard Donner eyeing a new Lethal Weapon sequel

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It would appear that despite how many times they may have proclaimed to the contrary, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are in fact not “too old for this sh*t!”. Deadline reports the two veteran actors are apparently looking at options to reteam with director Richard Donner to develop a potential fifth Lethal Weapon movie. For those of you keeping score at home, Gibson is 61 years old, Glover is 71 and Donner clocks in at 87 years of age.

When they were way, way younger, the three men kicked off the Lethal Weapon franchise with the 1987 original buddy cop action thriller which followed recklessly suicidal ex-Special Forces turned LA cop Martin Riggs (Gibson) who gets partnered up with by the book close-to-retirement LA detective Roger Murtaugh (Glover) to investigate a conspiracy. Donner directed the first film which became an instant hit for Warner Bros – not to mention also kickstarting the screenwriting career of Shane Black – and prompted four more sequels which he helmed as well. The last film, Lethal Weapon 4, was released in 1998.

Reports indicate that Channing Gibson, the screenwriter of that fourth film, will be returning to pen the proposed Lethal Weapon 5 which would be Donner’s first film since he helmed 2006’s 16 Blocks. Right now though, nothing has actually been officially greenlit, but Deadline’s sources indicate that various parties are “all are on board and exploring another film”. With the franchise having grossed just shy of a billion dollars, it’s easy to see why this would be appealing. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the original film.

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The Lethal Weapon brand name also carries a fair bit of recognition at the moment thanks to a hit TV series adaptation on Fox starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans as Riggs and Murtaugh respectively. Personally, I was not a fan of the show, but apparently nobody cares what I think as the show has been a solid ratings earner and is currently in its second season. There’s no indication that the proposed Lethal Weapon 5 will have anything to do with the TV series.

Last Updated: October 30, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

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  • Original Heretic

    They’re too old for this shit.

    • Hammersteyn
      • Original Heretic

        Back then they weren’t. But now…

        What police force in the world is going to have detectives going out chasing bad guys, when said detectives are 61 and 71 years old?
        That’s the part that makes NO sense.

        • Hammersteyn

          They fight crime with their desks….. I mean from behind their desks.

          • Original Heretic

            Hurling their colostomy bags at the bad guys. Who then dodge the feeble throws expertly and proceed to kick more shit out of them.

        • For the Emperor!

          The only way I see this making sense, is if they are retired and the young guns come to them for advice and that is how they get involved. But then it would need to be Chris Rock (taking over from Glover) with some new young gunslinger guy (taking over from Gibson) to hand over the baton for a new franchise. Almost a soft reboot. But with the ongoing series, that might be confusing to millennials 😛

          • Original Heretic

            Even that would be a stretch for me.
            The only way it would work is if they go out, find the bad guys….and then get killed really quickly when they can’t run away fast enough.
            Especially is Joe Pesci comes back as well. Damn, I’d like to see Leo Getz getting his brains splattered on a white wall.

          • For the Emperor!

            Oh they would surely need to get their old asses kicked solidly early in the movie and be at least hospitalised, forcing the young guns to take control. But yeah, I do not think this movie should be made at all.

          • Magoo

            Chris & Zac >.>

    • Hammersteyn

      Too quick for me 😛

      • Original Heretic

        You see who’s been cast as Shazam?!?!?
        I like it A LOT!

        • Hammersteyn

          Jim Carrey?

          • Original Heretic

            He’s definitely too old for that shit.

        • Hammersteyn

          Haven’t seen yet. Wanna avoid spoilers, it’s so bad, I once drove my car onto a sidewalk because a guy with a spoiler on his boot three blocks down turned into the same street I was.

          • Original Heretic

            I’m quite certain that there will be a CH article on it today. Kervyn is usually on the ball with these things.

          • Damn straight!

          • Original Heretic

            But we’ll probably hear all about Zachary Quinto taking up the mantle of Shazam.

  • For the Emperor!

    “I was not a fan of the show” – neither was I. I only got a few episodes in, then read the synopsis for the next few episodes to verify a suspicion I had which turned me off. It seemed like almost every episode, one of the cast had some personal connection to the plot of the episode. That is what put me off the new McGuyver (that, and that he mansplains everything he does, even to other men), and it is also why I am not up to date with NCIS LA. Every episode cannot be connected to the main characters FFS!!!

  • Nikola

    Hmmm YES PLEASE!!! Man still on of my favorite movie franchises growing up:) I don’t care about the new show as it’s a stupid piece of crap or should I say I refuse to watch it without these guys in it!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Or maybe you dislike the series because Jordana Brewster is in it.
      And she was in Fast 7 with Jason Statham.
      And Jason was in The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg.
      And Mark was in The Fighter with Christian Bale.
      And Christian was in Out of the Furnace with Boyd Holbrook who had a small role in that film.
      And Finally Boyd played the antagonist in LOGAN and that’s why you don’t like the series?

      • Nikola

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!! This is amazing, I did’t even know that but it must be true! I do hate Logan. Comment of the year haha

        • Hammersteyn

          There’s a little LOGAN in every movie, something to think about when you watch your next movie 😛

  • MonsterCheddar

    “Personally, I was not a fan of the show, but apparently nobody cares what I think as the show has been a solid ratings earner and is currently in its second season.”

    O.o

    Whats wrong with you? Its awesome. 😛

    I do however thing, as a HUGE Lethal Weapon series fan, that they shouldn’t. They are really too old for that shit.

  • Generic ZA

    How is this even been considered?

    Lethal Weapon 5 – Riggs & Murtaugh mission objective, just making it out alive.

  • Glenn Runnalls

    I loved the films (maybe not the 4th one) and ashamedly enjoy the FOX tv show.
    I’d welcome a 5th instalment

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