Will Mel Gibson please kill this franchise or agree to do it already? My goodness, weren’t Murtaugh and Riggs supposed to have retired to rocking chairs on their porches after 1998’s “Lethal Weapon 4”? Apparently not, because everyone seems to want to make a fifth movie. Everyone, that is, except Mel Gibson, who according to Entertainment Weekly, has yet to say Yay or Nay to Shane Black’s treatment for a fifth installment in the lethalest of the buddy cop movies. Or at least, it was pretty lethal back in the ’80s. Not so much nowadays. According to the mag, the fifth flick would still focus on Murtaugh and Riggs, but would also “introduce a pair of young NYPD cops” into the equation, probably because in their current twilight years, Murtaugh and Riggs can only be counted on to yell at kids to get off their lawns. You know those damn kids and their fancy bicycle watchamallits.
When reports surfaced this week that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) had signed on to direct Universal’s Cold Warrior, it threw Lethal Weapon fans into a tizzy because they feared another installment of the beloved franchise would never come to pass. Truth is, the delay has nothing to do with Black, who wrote the first Lethal script and has penned a long treatment for a fifth iteration. (In fact, he plans to take over the director’s reins from Richard Donner.) Lethal number 5 still hinges on Mel Gibson, who’s currenlty filming Edge of Darkness in Boston. Longtime Lethal producer Joel Silver has been trying to nail down approval from Gibson about Black’s approach, which includes introducing a pair of young NYPD cops.
Man, they best get this thing done pretty fast, because I don’t know how much longer Danny Glover is going to be around. Holy shit, talk about not aging well.
Below: Danny Glover currently splits his time between looking really old and trying to get George Bush arrested.