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Lethal Weapon 5 happening with Gibson, Glover and original director all returning

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With the success of Bad Boys for Life, we have been reminded of the joys of what buddy cop movies are supposed to be like. Combining crime-solving, action, hefty doses of comedy, and the contrasting personalities of the partners that make their differing views and approaches to life entertaining, it can be a delight to watch when movies get it right. And arguably the most influential modern example of buddy cop films was the Lethal Weapon series which turned the genre into what we see today.

The four films released between 1987 and 1998 saw Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play two polar opposite cops assigned to work together to fight dangerous criminals in Los Angeles. Gibson’s reckless Ex-Navy SEAL Martin Riggs tended to throw caution to the wind and loved the thrill of the fight whereas Glover’s Detective Roger Murtaugh was a family man who just wanted to stay alive long enough to see retirement. The combination (thanks to the electrifying chemistry of its actors) made for great comedy with some memorable action scenes shot along the way.

And now it looks like they’re be coming back for a fifth time, as revealed by producer Dan Lin during a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter about The Two Popes. And according to Lin, the whole band is getting back together, including 90-year old director Richard Donner who helmed all four of the previous films.

We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. 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.   

It’s unclear what script Lin is referring to here. Filmmaker Shane Black started out his career by penning the original Lethal Weapon film, and had considered returning to the franchise again. In 2008, he wrote a spec script, prompting rumours that he would helm a proposed Lethal Weapon 5, but the production never got off the ground. There’s no mention here of Black’s involvement though.

It’s been over 20 years since Lethal Weapon 4, but now much like Bad Boys for Life, or arguably because of it, Lethal Weapon 5 is back on the table. Perhaps Hollywood studios have been reminded of the potential these films have at the box office and want to feed off the nostalgia of fans as well, to hopefully make even more money. If they can somehow get an ageing Gibson, Glover, and Donner to resurrect their magic for the big screen though, then sign me up.

Last Updated: January 29, 2020

12 Comments

  1. Kromas

    January 29, 2020 at 13:42

    Aren’t they getting too old for this shit?

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  2. RinceThis

    January 29, 2020 at 14:14

    I met Glover like 5 years ago, and he looked so spaced out I don’t think he knew what was going on. ‘Lethal Weapon 5: Nurse Betty steals from the retirement bingo fund?’

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 29, 2020 at 14:15

      I’m more concerned about Donner. He’ll be 90 in a few months. Can he still direct? Last time he was behind a camera was 13 yrs ago.

      Then again, he’s the same age as Eastwood and he’s still going strong making movies.

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      • MechMachine

        January 29, 2020 at 14:53

        So actually, What you’re saying is : He’s too old for this shit !

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      • RinceThis

        January 29, 2020 at 14:59

        True point there. Though Glover is what I call a ‘hard 73’.

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      • Original Heretic

        January 29, 2020 at 15:33

        At least Eastwood has had practice.

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  3. RinceThis

    January 29, 2020 at 15:11

    There;s an excellent podcast out there where they comment on how bad these two characters are as policemen. As in, they go in shooting everyone without even identifying themselves as cops. All the time. It’s awesome

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  4. BradeLunner

    January 29, 2020 at 14:28

    If they do I hope they can keep it closer to the first one, with that Clapton score it had a bit of a noir vibe in the beginning, then it got all Hollywood. Maybe South African’s can be the good guys this time

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      January 29, 2020 at 14:47

      But then we don’t get to use our diplomettik imyoonitty.

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      • BradeLunner

        January 29, 2020 at 16:10

        You’re right, we’re the bad guys.

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