It’s been almost 20 years since audiences last saw detectives Riggs and Murtaugh together on the big screen in Lethal Weapon 4. After so much time and after Mel Gibson’s well-publicized legal and personal issues, many had given up hope of ever seeing another film in the franchise. Fear not, though, as it looks like Lethal Weapon 5 may be happening after all!
A new report says that Gibson, co-star Danny Glover, and director Richard Donner are in discussions with Warner Bros. about the possibility of making a fifth film.
The tentative plan is for Lethal Weapon 4 screenwriter Channing Gibson to write the script for the new film and for Donner to return to the director’s chair.
If so, it would be a major return for the duo, as Channing Gibson hasn’t written a script since 2004 and 87-year-old Donner hasn’t directed a film since 2006’s 16 Blocks.
As the report stresses, though, this is all very preliminary as the talks have just begun, so the project could take a different direction in the end.
Thirty years ago, Glover and Gibson originated the roles of Riggs and Murtaugh in the original Lethal Weapon film, which was a smash hit in 1987.
Ironically, the character of Murtaugh was on the verge of retirement in that first film, though he continued to be active in the remaining films.
Last season, FOX debuted a Lethal Weapon television series starring Damon Wayans as Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford as Riggs.
The show has received mostly positive reviews from critics and has been a modest ratings success; it began airing its second season last month.
A new Lethal Weapon movie would go a long way toward Gibson’s path of rehabilitating his tarnished image. At the 2016 Academy Awards, Gibson was welcomed back when his latest directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge, was nominated for multiple awards. Next month, he’ll appear in a supporting role in the comedy Daddy’s Home 2, his first major appearance in an American film in several years.