Ultimate buddy movie reference, The lethal Weapon will return for a fifth installment with Mel Gibson (but not necessarily where we expected).
As the American action buddy movie returns to theaters with films like Bad Boys for Life – one of the big boxes of 2020 –, Men in Black : International, Fast & Furious : Hobbs & Shaw or most recent Hitman & Bodyguard 2, it’s the turn of one of the references of the genre to make a comeback: The lethal Weapon. The 1987 debut film quickly became cult, and marked the start of a four-part franchise, which however failed to maintain its popularity (let alone with the 2016 series).
For several years, a fifth opus was however in development (more or less active) with on board the historic team made up of actor duo Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, as well as director Richard Donner. The latter announced in 2020 that the scenario of Lethal Weapon 5 was already written and that it would definitively conclude the series of films stopped since 1998. Unfortunately, the project took a lead in the wings with his death last July, at the age of 91 years.
The lethal Weapon
But at a recent event in London, Mel Gibson confirmed that the film is still in the works and has even found a new director. In addition to reprising the role of Martin Riggs, the 65-year-old Oscar winner for Braveheart also intends to go behind the camera. The Sun, present at the event, transcribed his statement:
“The [ndlr : Richard Donner] was developing the script and it was quite advanced. One day, he said to me: “Listen little one, if I break my pipe, you will do it. And I said: ‘Shut up’. He is indeed dead, but he asked me to do it, and at the time I didn’t say anything. He told his wife, the studio and the producer, so I’ll be doing the fifth.“
History to forget the series
If we don’t know anything about the scenario, the film should logically remind Danny Glover in the shoes of Roger Murtaugh decidedly too old for this bullshit. Mel Gibson had not been credited as a director of a feature film since his war drama. You will not kill, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Even if his cinema divides, if only with the controversies around The passion of Christ orApocalypto, the expected lightness of Lethal Weapon 5 could allow him to move away from controversies, before he sets foot in the dish with his sequel to The passion of Christ.
So far, neither a shooting date nor a release date has been revealed, but a report from Deadline clarified that L‘Lethal Weapon 5 was likely to be deprived of theaters to land directly on HBO Max, although the information remains to be confirmed.
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Lethal Weapon 5: Mel Gibson announces his return to the saga (with one more surprise)