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Richard Donner’s name has been inseparable from Lethal Weapon for years.
After directing the first installment in 1987 with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as unforgettable police couple, the director of Superman stayed true to the franchise by shooting three new sequels, the last one being Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998.
Since then, a television series based on the brand has emerged while the fifth installment was cooking little by little, in an intermittent development where the scriptwriters came and went. Donner himself ended up writing a final draft in the hope that he could direct Lethal Weapon 5, but in July of this year he passed away and the film was left headless. Fortunately, before he died he had made a deal with Gibson.
The actor has revealed that Donner “was developing the script and had it quite advanced.” “And one day he said to me: ‘Listen, boy, if I kick the bucket, you will.’ And I told him to shut up. And indeed he passed away, but he asked me to do it and at that moment I did not say anything. He told his wife, the studio and the producer. So I will direct the fifth “, said the actor recently, surprising the press with his statements.
That’s how it is. As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Gibson will direct Lethal Weapon 5, having received the blessing of Lauren Shuler Donner, his partner’s widow, and with the support of Warner Bros.
Gibson will also serve as executive producer, and although it has not been said openly, he is expected to star in it, reprising his role as the temperamental Martin Riggs.
The truth is that details of the argument of this fifth installment have not transpired and neither Danny Glover (interpreter of Roger “I’m too old” Murtaugh) has confirmed his presence, but the mere fact that Gibson is in charge of directing it already serves to deposit all our trust in her.
The actor has proven to be a very powerful filmmaker through films such as Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto or his latest title, Until the Last Man, and in recent years he has been probed several times by the great Hollywood bodies to be order a blockbuster.
Along these lines, Gibson’s last name has been linked to both a Suicide Squad sequel and the Wild Group remake.
This latest project seemed quite definite (having recruited names like Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx or Peter Dinklage), but Gibson’s friendship with Donner seems to weigh more and Lethal Weapon 5 could be high on his agenda.
Perhaps this film will finish removing it from the blacklist that Hollywood decided to place after several anti-Semitic statements. Gibson publicly apologized and shielded his alcohol problems to justify those unhappy statements.
The Mortal Weapon style was copied ad nauseam: chemistry between two policemen with action scenes and a lot of humor. In fact, Warner aired a series with the same name but that failed to have the success of the original films.
A great person in charge of the success of Mortal Weapon was its screenwriter Shane Black, who achieved this very special script about the police friends.
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