Lethal Weapon 5 had to mark the farewell of Richard Donner, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover to one of the most iconic buddy cop movies in cinema history.
While it had been in development for years (even two decades), Richard Donner had teased a few months ago that the film would finally be able to be made. “This is the last movie“he confided then.”It is both my privilege and my duty to make this film. It’s exciting, actually … Hahaha! This is the last one, I promise you.”
Its producer Dan Lin had argued: “We’re trying to get the ball rolling. With Richard Donner returning to directing and the original cast. It’s just amazing. The story is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are up for it.”
Sadly, the director died at the age of 91 on July 5, 2021 forever burying hopes to see him again. Martin Riggs et Roger Murtaugh one last time.
It is the same for a possible Goonies 2 (for once already highly improbable). Corey Feldman (Goonies) had explained some time ago that Richard Donner wanted Lethal Weapon 5 be his final film. Fate has decided otherwise.
Richard Donner has been able to forever mark world pop culture through his films. May this be the lethal Weapon, Goonies, but also Superman or Ladyhawke and The curse.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover both paid tribute to him with great emotion.
Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Maverick, Conspiracies) : “Give! My friend, my mentor. I learned so much from him! He hid his talent under a good layer of kindness and humility, having fun defining himself on a set as’ a cop of traffic. ‘He would leave his ego at the door and ask others to do the same. He was magnanimous, had a big heart, a beautiful soul, and offered all this purposefully to those he knew. good things he did in his life, we would touch the firmament. I will miss him, his mischief and his wisdom. “
Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) : “Dick Donner, Mel Gibson and the entire Lethal Weapon team. I will always be grateful for that. He took care of me, my life and my family. We were friends, far beyond ‘a simple collaboration on the screen or the success that this saga has given us. I will miss him so much. “
(Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg on the set of The Goonies).
Regarding the lethal Weapon 5, Shane Black (scriptwriter in other of Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2) had confided to having written a screenplay he had hoped to achieve. In vain : “I doubt that the film will ever be made. Whether it’s with me or someone else. But Mel Gibson doesn’t want to do it without Richard Donner. But the latter is almost 90 years old … My idea was good I think. Aged Riggs was found in New York with Murtaugh during the city’s worst storm in the face of veterans from Afghanistan. It was really a movie with Martin and Roger for just a pretext as is often the case to introduce the son of one of them who could continue the franchise. Fuck that. That they are old is precisely the interest.”