Readers of Movies In Focus will know that I have a deep appreciation for the Lethal Weapon franchise. There were rumblings about 5 years ago that a fifth film in the franchise could happen – but the Lethal Weapon TV series seemed to be the death knell for that idea.
However, Deadline is reporting that ‘Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Richard Donner are all huddling on the possibility of doing another film for the Lethal Weapon franchise’. Channing Gibson, who co-scripted 1998’s Lethal Weapon 4 is currently working on a potential script for the trio.
I get the feeling that this interest in the film was sparked when the three men got together for a Donner tribute in June (see the image above). Rene Russo was also present at the event, so expect her to be involved if this comes together.
The first Lethal Weapon (written by Shane Black) was released in 1987 and sequels followed in 1989, 1992 and 1998. The four films have grossed over $955 million globally.
Critics will say that these guys are too old for this shit (Gibson is 61, Glover is 71 and Donner is 87) but that shouldn’t impact on the quality of the film. It’ll be refreshing to see this if it all comes together.
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