A new report states Lethal Weapon 5 is possible, with the original team getting back together. Back in the late 1980s, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover teamed up for a buddy cop action/comedy. Little did they know that this would turn into a movie franchise that would span a decade and even get a reboot on television. Even in the years since Lethal Weapon 4 hit theaters, talks of one final installment have continued to pop up.
These discussions have never really gone anywhere and continued to look like a long shot, as Gibson's draw as a leading man diminished. Warner Bros. reportedly was even considering a Lethal Weapon reboot on the big screen that would be a clean reboot for the franchise, and not one final ride for Gibson and Glover as they handed the franchise reins off to new leads.
The prospects of another Lethal Weapon appears to be getting better now, with Deadline reporting Gibson, Glover, and director Richard Donner "are all huddling on the possibility of doing another film for the the Lethal Weapon franchise." If this scenario comes to be, Lethal Weapon 5 would be written by Channing Gibson, who wrote Lethal Weapon 4. It is still very early in the process but all parties involved are reportedly onboard and want to make another film for Warner Bros.
A continuation of Lethal Weapon is hardly necessary at this point, but the Hollywood system loves bringing back known intellectual properties. If Gibson, Glover, and Donner are as committed to a fifth film as this report makes it sound, then WB may look to bring back this franchise after all. Shane Black, the writer of the original Lethal Weapon, revealed his pitch for Lethal Weapon 5 years ago, but he is nowhere to be found in this report.
These movies were fun back in the day and made Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh one of the more well-known duos in cinema, but it has also been nearly two decades since they were on the big screen. Gibson is having somewhat a career revival after directing Hacksaw Ridge and is stepping back in front of the camera for Daddy's Home 2, but that doesn't mean he is a bankable name again. The fifth film would surely have to get some exciting younger talent involved to pique the interest of casual moviegoers, or else Lethal Weapon 5 will have to sell audiences hard on nostalgia and why they loved the franchise in the first place. It remains to be seen if that can be done and if so how, but for now it seems Lethal Weapon 5 is indeed back on the table.
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