As a huge fan of the Lethal Weapon movies, Mel Gibson, Richard Donner and the work of Shane Black, I was excited when news surfaced that Black had penned a treatment for Lethal Weapon 5.
However, I'm now torn due to the news that Black has been asked by producer Joel Silver to helm the project, leaving Dick Donner out of the project. Strange news indeed, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was an exceptional piece of entertainment, but I don't know if I'd want to see a "Dickless" Lethal Weapon movie.
So why has Lethal Weapon 5 not been offered to Donner - and will Mel Gibson star in the film?
The answer is simple enough.
Several years ago Donner and Silver had a falling out, and it would appear that time has not healed the wounds. As Black now appears to be Silver's new protégé (would you go near the Wachowskis again after Speed Racer?) it is the logical choice that he replaces Donner in the director's chair - after all he did write the original movie.
Apparently the production now hinges of Gibson's involvement (obviously), but will he want to make the film when his friend and mentor (the pair have made six films) has been sidelined? Well, we all know that money talks in Hollywood, and I'm sure that a huge paycheck will be used to sway the actor - his salary for Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998 was a reported $35 million, so expect an increase on that!
If the film does go ahead, expect Riggs and Murtaugh to be aided by a pair of young New York Cops (why not LA?).
I'm not too sure about this one anymore, but if somebody is going to replace Donner then I'm glad that it's Black, but will he have the magic to make Lethal Weapon 5 a worthy sequel?