Lethal Weapon is heading to the small screen! Yes, a new TV series based on the popular action franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is going to happen on Fox. It is coming from Warner Bros. TV, which also turned the popular buddy cop action comedy Rush Hour into a series that will debut early next year. No casting has been announced at this time.
The series will be an hour long drama, and it will follow the same basic plot as the movie. The show already has a put pilot commitment. The Pilot will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. He most recently created the ABC drama Forever, also for WBTV.
Like Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon is a pretty straight adaptation of the film series upon which it is based, and will center on the central characters of detectives Roger Murtaugh, the character originated by Mel Gibson, and Martin Riggs, played in four movies by Danny Glover. In the film, When these two first meet, Homicide Sergeant Murtaugh is celebrating his 50th birthday. He is partnered with the suicidal and highly volatile ex-U.S. Army Special Forces soldier-turned-L.A.P.D. Narcotics Sergeant Riggs. Riggs has been reassigned to homicide after experiencing a psychotic episode on the job. He's has recently been dealing with the grief of losing his wife in a car accident.
The Lethal Weapon TV show will give things a slight twist. Martin Riggs is now a Texas cop and former Navy SEAL. Along with the loss of his wife, this Riggs will also be emotionally crippled by the death of his newborn baby. He moves to Los Angeles to get a fresh start. There, he is partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh. This time out, Roger has just suffered a minor heart attack. He's been told by his doctors to avoid any unnecessary stress. Which will be nearly impossible with the volatile Riggs at his side.
Matt Miller will reunite with Forever executive producer Dan Lin on the project. Lin's Warner. Bros.-based Lin Pictures is behind the project alongside WBTV and Miller's Good Session Prods. Jennifer Gwartz will also executive produce. This is just the latest in a long-line of recently announced TV series based on classic movies. Other shows based on moves that are currently in development include Taken, In the Line of Fire and Red at NBC, Behind Enemy Lines at Fox, and Training Day at CBS. The CW is currently hoping to turn the 2004 drama The Notebook into something people want to watch every week. And Fox is also working on a drama series based on the 1980 John Travolta drama Urban Cowboy.
The original Lethal Weapon arrived in 1987 from writer Shane Black (who would go onto direct Iron Man 3) and director Richard Donner (the man responsible for 1978's Superman and 1985's The Goonies). It proved to be a breakout hit, and grossed more than $120 million from a $12 million budget. A franchise was spawned, which includes three sequels. And it helped solidify the buddy-cop action comedy. There was talk of a Lethal Weapon 5, but that has never come to fruition. What do you think? Are you excited to see Lethal Weapon get rebooted for the small screen?