So there’s this story on ComingSoon that Shane Black, the writer of the first “Lethal Weapon” movie (with story credit on “Lethal Weapon 2”) is currently writing a script for “Lethal Weapon 5”, and that he’s talked to all the principals from the franchise, and that everyone seems eager to return. And why not? Mel Gibson is still trying to shake off the shame of his DUI arrest and anti-semantic rant, while Danny Glover is, well, sure, he’s working steadily, but when was the last time you said to your buddy, “Hey, Buddy, let’s go see this Danny Glover movie!” And what was producer Joel Silver’s last hit? “Speed Racer”?
Hollywood tracking board TrackingB.com reports that Shane Black, who wrote the first Lethal Weapon movie, has written a spec script for Lethal Weapon 5 without telling anyone. The site adds that he contacted franchise producer Joel Silver and said that he wanted to continue the story.
This time, homicidal Riggs (Mel Gibson) is about to retire, but pulls Murtaugh (Danny Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case, before they both officially head off into the sunset.
TrackingB.com says that Gibson and Glover are down to return, but no deals have been signed.
I wasn’t a big fan of the last “Lethal Weapon” movie, mostly because, well damn, they all looked pretty bloody old by the fourth movie. Putting them in retirement for the fifth one would work, and with Black back behind the typewriter, this thing could be good, goofy fun.