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.
The latest version of the script is said to be a hybrid of both a reboot and a sequel, following the son of one of the original cops, presumably Mel Gibson's Riggs, who has desires to join the police academy. This would allow for Mel Gibson to have at least a cameo appearance, giving viewers familiarity with the franchise. Mel Gibson has denied any involvement with a reboot in the past, but, as The Tracking Board points out, "It's hard to imagine Lethal Weapon without him or co-star Danny Glover."
Mel Gibson has two high-profile roles coming up in The Expendables 3 and Blood Father, which, if proven to be hits, could get him back in the good graces of the public, following his high-profile controversies over the past few years, which could pave the way for his return as Riggs.
It isn't known if Chris Hemsworth plans on accepting this offer from Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver. Would you like to see the Avenger team up with Riggs for a new Lethal Weapon? Chime in with your thoughts below.