Richard Donner chats about the Lethal Weapon 5 that almost was

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If there is one movie franchise that I never get tired of watching, it’s the Lethal Weapon films. Starring a borderline crazy cop who was somehow still on the force, alongside his partner who was perhaps too old for all kinds of shenanigans, the four films were a solid ride of camraderie and action.

Plus who can forget those evil Souf Efrikans from the second film? Diplomatic immunity!

The director of the quadrilogy, Richard Donner, recently got together for a reunion, and took the time to talk about the Lethal Weapon 5 film that was almost made, which would have been a typcial showcase of the destructive power that retired police officers could wield.

Speaking to Empire, Donner elaborated on one particular idea that he had for a fourth sequel.

But we had a totally different story. The two crazies decide to cool their lives, but it’s impossible for them to stay out of situations. It starts with Riggs and Murtaugh out in the country in a motorhome.

They’re on a trip and they stop to get gas, but Roger forgets to put the brake on. So the motorhome rolls through a village, annihilating everything, and they get in serious trouble.

It had a lot of heart, a lot of family. Rene (Russo, who played Lorna Cole), Darlene (Love, who played Trish Murtaugh), they would all have come back.

I don’t know about you guys, but I kinda liked the way that Lethal Weapon 4 wrapped up the series. It was the perfect send-off, complete with a catchy credits sequence.

Or would you have seriously paid to see Lethal Weapon 5: Pensioners gone wild?

Last Updated: March 28, 2012

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