Since the very first movie, Detective Murtaugh has been complaining that he’s too old for this stuff. The Lethal Weapon movies kicked off in 1987 and became a movie franchise with a loyal following. Now word has come down that the buddy cops, played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, will be back in action for Lethal Weapon 5.
“We’re trying to make the last ‘Lethal Weapon’ movie,” says Dan Lin, who is acting as a producer for the movie. Lin is best known for producing the “Lethal Weapon” TV series as well as the films “The Two Popes,” “It Chapter Two,” and “The Lego Movie.” Lin explains that the movie will feature the original cast—Gibson’s reps have already confirmed, but Glover’s haven’t responded to requests for comments—as well as director Richard Donner. “And it’s just amazing,” says Lin. “The story itself is very personal to . Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”
The last time the crew got together for a movie was 1998’s “Lethal Weapon4.” In an interview from February 2018, Donner said, “I’m ready to do 5. It’s called ‘Lethal Finale.’ It is dark, but I wanted to end it on an emotional note, and I don’t think it’s gonna happen. It’s heartbreaking.” In the same interview, Donner said that Channing Gibson, the same writer who put together the script for “Lethal Weapon 4,” would also write the screenplay for the fifth movie. Lin’s announcement follows the cancellation of the TV show, which was first hit by allegations that star Clayne Crawford was abusive on set. After Seann William Scott was brought on to replace Crawford in the third season, the show was hit yet again when co-star Damon Wayans announced that he would be leaving, which led to the show being cancelled.
Another challenge could be the aging cast. Donner turns 90 this year, and Joe Pesci, who played Leo Getz, came out of retirement for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but does that mean that he’ll do the same for Lethal Weapon? Who knows?