Lethal Weapon 5? Mel Gibson and Danny Glover primed to return 22 years after last film

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More than two decades after the release of Lethal Weapon 4, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have been primed to return to their roles, according to a producer.

Dan Lin, who served as executive producer on the Lethal Weapon TV series claimed he and Richard Donner, who directed and produced the previous films, were trying to get Mel and Danny on for another spin around the cop shop.

Can you imagine it?

Detective Martin Riggs (Gibson) and his partner Detective Roger Murtaugh (Glover), back together again, 22 years after we last saw them?

In the latest episode of the Producers Roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter, Lin said: ‘We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story is very personal to him.’

That’s a mighty order (but does echo similar claims that first started in 2017), as Lin continued to claim both Mel and Danny were ‘ready to go’ but the script was still up in the air.

Is Danny ‘too old for this sh*t?’

The original film was released in 1987 and the popularity of the detective duo meant that it spawned three sequels. It was then revived for a television series that lasted between 2016 and 2019, starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans as Riggs and Murtaugh respectively.

Still, Lin’s announcement clashed with Donner’s dismissal of the prospect of a fifth film back in 2018 because of issues with Warner Bros.

The 89-year-old film legend said: ‘I’m ready to do 5. It’s called Lethal Finale. It’s very dark. And we were all set to go, and now Warner Bros. is doing their old-fashioned tricks.

‘Not Warner Bros., there’s this guy who runs the studio who’s great, but they have these people in the legal department who do the negotiating in the most counter-productive way that they should be sent to a studio and work with the producers and directors and actors, and learn what makes a film, and then negotiate.

‘And it’s too bad, because there’s a wonderful writer named Channing Gibson, who wrote [Lethal Weapon 4] for me, and we have a really great story. It IS dark. But I wanted to end it on an emotional note, and I don’t think it’s gonna happen.’

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