This time, homicidal Riggs (Mel Gibson) is about to retire, but pulls Murtaugh (Danny Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case, before they both officially head off into the sunset.
Gibson and Glover are down to return, but no deals have been signed. Shane Black, who wrote the first Lethal Weapon movie, has written script for "Lethal Weapon 5."
The first film was released in 1987, the second in 1989, the third in 1992 and the fourth in 1998.
Warner Bros. is reportedly moving forward with a remake of the action classic Lethal Weapon, which, according to The Tracking Board, has Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) attached to direct, and the studio is rumored to be offering a lead role to Chris Hemsworth.
We first reported on a Lethal Weapon remake back in January 2011, when it was one of several remakes the studio was considering, including The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, Westworld, Tarzan and Oh, God!. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) was hired to write the script, and this new report indicates he is still working on a version, with original Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black having input regarding the story.Read More
After a month of bad publicity for Mel Gibson, new rumors are beginning to surface that the actor has been meeting with producer Joel Silver in hopes of reprising his role as Martin Riggs in the long awaited sequel Lethal Weapon 5. The actor had been asked to sign onto the film back in 2005, but he is only now seriously considering it after falling from grace with both his fans and the general public.
What's Playing is reporting that talks of Gibson returning to the franchise are on-going between Mel and Silver, who has long hoped to bring the series back from the dead.Read More
For those hoping to see your favorite detectives Riggs and Murtagh on the silver screen again, it seems that won't come to pass. Moviehole recently spoke with writer-director Shane Black who confirmed that his Lethal Weapon 5 script, which he was going to direct, is in fact dead.
Black wouldn't give reason for the new film's death, but just would say he didn't believe it would ever happen. The site also reports that other reports claim star Mel Gibson's refusal to return to the series is the main reason this new film won't happen. The site also revealed a source at Warner Bros. confirmed the news.A contact at Warner Bros agreed with Black, saying "That one is as good as dead. It won't happen. Which is a pity" he said, adding that Black's screenplay - which reportedly involved Riggs and Martaugh teaming with the latter detective's grown-up son, now also a copper, to catch a scumbag, was "fabulous. A much better send off than [Number 4]".Read More
IESB.net pointed us to the LA Times Hero Complex Blog who recently chatted with the franchise's director Richard Donner who said that, not only did Warner Bros. try to sidestep him for the fifth film, but that Mel Gibson turned it down as well.
Donner also added that he was working on an idea for a fifth film as well, but, as it turned out, Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black had written a script for the fifth film and producer Joel Silver went with that draft and was eyeing him to direct.Read More