We all know that Mel Gibson has been going through some tough times. The star is caught up in a tabloid feeding frenzy, a custody battle, Leonardo DiCaprio has dropped out of his Viking project and god knows what else.
However, redemption might just be around the corner: apparently producer Joel Silver has put another offer out to Gibson to reprise his signature role of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon 5.
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Development on Lethal Weapon 5 has been off and on for years, with pretty all of the principal players being lined up at one point or another. The only thing that has stopped the film being made is Gibson. The star has shown little interest in returning to the Riggs role for a fifth film.
What’s Playing has apparently acquired the scoop that a new offer has gone out to Gibson in his time of need, one that may or may not win back some lost public favor. The site has a source which says:
“They’re talking again. Mel probably needs Joel, not to mention Lethal Weapon now more than ever, so I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it comes off this time. And it could be a good move, that’s a mighty big brand name - it probably would help Gibson, professionally-speaking. I’m not in on those conversations though - so I don’t know how they’re progressing. You’re getting this third-hand”.
Is this true?
Well, Lethal Weapon 5 almost came together last year when Sliver and original Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black pitched an idea to Warner Bros. that was set to go until Gibson declined the offer. At the time it was believed that Gibson turned down the project because original Lethal Weapon franchise director (and Gibson’s friend and mentor) Richard Donner wasn’t involved in the film because of a falling out with Silver. There’s been no real word from Danny Glover on the project, but as far as I’m aware he was set to go along for the ride as well, even though his character would be 73 years old if they followed Lethal Weapon chronology!
Gibson’s last starring vehicle (his first in 8 years) Edge of Darkness underperformed at the box office when it opened earlier this year - this coupled with a costly divorce and an expensive and very messy custody battle may be aligning the stars in the proper financial order for Gibson to take up Silver’s offer. It’s probably also beneficial to Warner Bros., which would probably be able to negotiate a fee for Gibson that is a lot less than the reported $35 million the actors was paid for Lethal Weapon 4 back in 1998.
If in fact an offer has gone out to Gibson for Lethal Weapon 5, I would like Donner to be involved. He works well with Gibson, as anyone who has seen the previous Lethal Weapon films, Conspiracy Theory and Maverick will attest to. If Silver and Donner can bury the hatchet, then I’d be up for Riggs and Murtaugh to wail that police siren once more.
Another reason why Lethal Weapon may make it to screens this time is because Gibson has been developing Cold Warrior with Shane Black, and it is possible that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director may have talked the star around to returning to the franchise.
At this point anything is possible. I can only imagine that acting may be the last thing that Gibson might want to do at the minute, but maybe getting lost in Riggs’ madness is a way for him to ignore the media circus that is circling him. In recent years, it seems that Gibson has shown little interest in looking back at the past, as the star has also declined an offer to reprise the role of Mad Max in George Miller’s Fury Road, with that part being recast with Inception’s Tom Hardy.
Deep down, part of me wishes that the Oscar-winning actor would quit Hollywood and move to Europe to direct. No one embraces eccentric behaviour quite like the Europeans and Gibson’s gritty directing style would work well within the European film industry. Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto were all barnstorming epics with a unique directorial vision. One wonders what Gibson could achieve without the restrictions of Hollywood or the MPAA...
It’ll be interesting to see if Lethal Weapon 5 comes together - or indeed if this news is true. If it is accurate and the action sequel does go into production, it’ll be interesting to see how audiences and critics react to Gibson returning to his most successful role. The testing ground will be Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, which is currently in post-production. However, the release of that film is currently in limbo due to Gibson's scandal.
In The Beaver Gibson plays an executive who has a breakdown and begins to communicate through a beaver hand puppet. It seems that Summit Entertainment has delayed the release of the film from a Fall launch, as the studio awaits a resolution to the current tabloid climate. This is something that I find quite odd, as the black comedy is supposedly one of the best scripts that's made the rounds in Hollywood over the last couple of years, and I think that Gibson’s current public perception might just help market the film.
To be fair, I can’t imagine that Gibson would like to do the publicity rounds for the film, because of questions about the current alleged allegations. However, a junket with select press under the proviso that only questions about the film could be asked would pretty much settle that. Gibson is also in production on the action drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which is currently shooting, although no release date has been set.
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Source: What’s Playing