If you look at it objectively, Warner Bros. eyeing a reboot of “Lethal Weapon” actually makes perfect sense. The franchise is already on very old legs, and with Mel Gibson’s current state of persona non grata in Hollywood, there’s really no way a “Lethal Weapon 5” could possibly get made. So why not reboot it? That’s apparently the route Warner Bros. is taking, according to THR.
Besides a reboot of the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, the studio is also continuing to develop a remake of the sci-fi actioner “Westworld”, which is no surprise. “Westworld” has been on Warner’s remake block since 2007, and it’s not such a bad idea to remake it. Michael Crichton had a good idea when he came up with the original “Westworld”, and you can improve upon the original easily enough, and really, isn’t that the most important question when it comes to remakes? Can you improve upon the original? A remake of “Westworld” with today’s technology would be a pretty solid Yes.
Meanwhile, the film that will get most people riled up is the idea of remaking Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”. Now before you get your panties into a bunch, I have one word for you (or two, actually): “True Grit”. Yup, you didn’t think a remake of “True Grit” would work, too, didn’t ya?
Here’s the deal: I’d love to see a remake of “Westworld”, but I’m lukewarm on a reboot of “Lethal Weapon”, especially since the concept, perhaps novel back in the ’80s, has been so done to death now that even a reboot will come across as just another generic buddy cop flick.
And finally, a remake of “The Wild Bunch”? Maybe Quentin Tarantino is interested…