It sounds like neither Danny Glover nor Mel Gibson are too old for the Lethal Weapon franchise. The two actors are respectively coming back as Robert Murtaugh and Martin Riggs. Director Richard Donner will also be returning behind the camera.
When asked about a potential fifth installment for the Lethal Weapon franchise in 2018, Richard Donner said “I’m ready to do 5. It’s called Lethal Finale. It’s very dark. And we were all set to go and now Warner Bros. is doing their old-fashioned tricks. Not Warner Bros., there’s this guy who runs the studio who’s great but they have these people in the legal department who do the negotiating in the most counter-productive way. They should be sent to a studio and work with the producers and directors and actors, and learn what makes a film, and then negotiate. But it’s just embarrassing. And it’s too bad, because there’s a wonderful writer named Channing Gibson, who wrote 4 for me, and we have a really great story. It is dark, but I wanted to end it on an emotional note, and I don’t think it’s gonna happen. It’s heartbreaking.” Only a few months later, Donner declared in an interview that Lethal Weapon “5 is coming up!” It sure was a change of tone before a long silence of nearly a year.
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But this week, film producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The LEGO Movie) sat down at the Producer Rountable with the Hollywood Reporter and declared “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 seems like whatever was going on with Warner Bros. concerning Lethal Weapon 5 has been handled and that the fans will be given the final conclusion they deserve to one of the most popular buddy cop action films series.
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