– by Seth McDonald

According to Deadline another sequel to the action/buddy cop franchise Lethal Weapon is being considered. In on the talks are stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and the director of the original film, Richard Donner. Donner would return to direct and it is thought that the film’s script would be penned by Channing Gibson, who wrote Lethal Weapon 4.

With Fox is currently airing a series based off of the movies that stars Damon Wayans, there probably isn’t a better time to sort of bring the franchise back to life. Gibson was great as Martin Riggs, the detective that plays by his own rules to get the job done, and Glover’s Roger Murtaugh provided a nice counter balance to the team.

This is a franchise that overstayed its welcome during its original run, it supplied a product that wasn’t in great demand anymore. That doesn’t mean it can’t have a strong comeback, with the right mix of what made the original film great, another Lethal Weapon movie could bring back one of cinema’s best buddy cop teams in a big way. Perhaps they can borrow the script that the gang used on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for their own version of a fifth film.

Is Murtaugh was getting too old for this s**t? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Deadline

  • Victor Roa

    where do we go after the ending of part 4 was a family scrap book to the song “We Are Family” when it started with Mel crying over a gun in his mouth?
    Worse or Worser?

    • claudiomario

      So true. Where’s the grit. This franchise is dead. Let’s kill his family and bring him back to the edge.

      • Victor Roa

        part 3 had Mel accidentally eating dog biscuits which later pays off in him talking down a dog from attacking him. And that’s the one without Shane Black writing.

  • jonathing

    again if it is good they will buy tickets

  • Lenin1959

    They’re too old for this shit!

    Okay, I liked the first two LW movies A LOT. The third movie had a very weak villain and was the weakest entry to the LW series in my opinion. I like the fourth one again: Jet Li was awesome and LW4 had some of the best photography in the series, too.

    I wonder what LW5 would be like: passing of the torch? Or would it be the ultimate (no, really, this time absolutely final) farewell to Riggs and Murtaugh? Unless they make a billion at the box office? I loved those characters (and Pesci was awesome, too!) and somehow want to watch them on screen together again but then again they are REALLY old now. I hope they can pull off a decent movie and not a quick cash grab for older fans.

    • Victor Roa

      the car chase in 4, the fight starts inside a model home, falls off onto the highway with plastic tarp then into the car, through a building with people inside and then jumping back onto the highway to have the wheels pop and then stopping in front of a semi to read “If you can read this than you’re too close.”
      SHIT! That was ’98, not the best Jet Li but he was used so smart in his small scenes.

  • Kristopher Goforth

    Only if Shane Black writes the script and Gibson grows the mullet back. Otherwise, No!

    • Lenin1959

      And Eric Clapton does some soundtrack work for the movie. I still love what he has done for the Lethal Weapon movies. Sting’s track for the third movie was also good.

  • Mad Barchetta

    Hell, I’M too old for this shit! I’d like to think Hollywood is not currently in the mindset for it, too.

    We’re talking about a couple of 60/70-something guys who I would think would have retired from the force. I know that doesn’t mean they did nor does it mean there are no stories. Just saying it completely changes the central conceit of the original films.

    More than that, in an age when football players are protesting police brutality and we far too regularly hear stories of police acting with too much force, is the public really interested in a movie about cops who regularly crossed the line? Is that really going to float without a crap-ton of controversy across our wonderful social media networks?

    Well, maybe there’s a possibility… A story involving the guys investigating dirty cops and finding themselves forced to confront the dark side of the police force, where the dirty cops are frequently doing the same kinds of questionable things Riggs and Murtaugh used to do, all in the name of misguided justice. Hard to say is such an introspective deconstruction of the original movies is something the movie public would want. Or that Donner could pull off. Has he ever done anything that serious? And would anyone WANT a self-reflective Lethal Weapon movie?

    Tack on Mel Gibson’s still tarnished reputation, which has been re-tarnished as I’ve seen his name come up in stories about Harvey Weinstein.

    Then again, some of my musings may be rendered moot, if the TV public has happily accepted a series that reboots the old franchise with all the same tricks. Haven’t watched it at all, so I really don’t know how it compares.

    I have to think this is a hard-sell to any rational/intelligent movie exec (if any exist), and likely a target for serious complaints/protests/bitching for those will inevitably be offended by some of the content.

  • Behemothrex

    Bubba HoTep this bitch. Glover and Gibson in an old folks home fighting off dimentia, Glovers wife is dead his kids never come to see him and Gibson keeps stealing all the viagra and schtooping the nurses.

  • Weresmurf

    Just incidentally… theoretically sure its an interesting idea but has anyone SEEN Glover lately? Dudes two shades off death now. Unless this is literally them saying to their great grandkids “Ok guys time to do what we did”, at which point, WHAT’S the point? 4 was meant to do that, then well, meh.

  • Bruce Norris

    If ya seen “BLOOD FATHER”, you know Mel can bring the “Old Man Logan”. He’s still…and always will be …a lethal weapon. They just need a good and logical story.

  • randomironicname

    The window is just closed due to the actors age (I refuse to make the joke). Both characters would have retired at least five years ago and I don’t see how they could make it work while fitting in with the previous four movies. I’m still shocked by how enjoyable the TV show is, and am content with just having that.

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  • TheOct8pus

    Wasn’t Murtaugh “too old for this shit” by the end of the first Lethal Weapon?