'Lethal Weapon 5' still in the works

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. Hey, if Bruce Willis can pull off a Die Hard 4, another Lethal Weapon should be a snap.

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  • Mike

    Aren’t ALL OF US getting too old for this sh**?

  • To Mike

    LOL!!!! Dude that is seriously funny!

  • Jay

    I love LW, but even I say enough is enough. The fourth one was a complete joke and even the great chemistry between all the actors couldn’t bring it up from it’s dismal storyline. I say no, let this one franchise die with some dignity!

  • dan

    How about Riggs takes on a bunch of overpayed, zero-talent, anti-semetic, drunk-driving, hate-mongers? That would be great. I think Mel would approve of that approach, no?

  • Darrell

    The only way another LW would work is if they go back to the original concept of Riggs being a ‘lethal weapon’. He was a tortured Vietnam vet who became unhinged due to personal tragedy. He didn’t care if he lived or died and his psychotic behavior was the result. This is what made LW1 and LW 2 so good.
    Once they basically turned him into a domesticated gumshoe,he was just another cop. The whole premise of being a ‘lethal weapon’ was a joke and forgotten conclusion. That is why LW 3 and LW 4 stunk as bad as they did.
    They somehow have to turn Riggs back into a nutcase with a death wish.

  • Mells

    I’ll pass on another LW. Die Hard 4 however, was excellent and extremely entertaining. But then again, Bruce Willis isn’t a drunk-driving anti-semitic either….hmmm.

  • Gavin Bollard

    I don’t think they could bring Mel as the lethal weapon back without killing his family. I’d hate to see them do that.
    Instead, how about if Riggs got put in Roger’s Shoes… ie: he loves life because of his family and he’s getting ready to retire but the assign a “lethal weapon” partner (Iraq veteran?) to him.
    He’d be trying to calm the partner down while being able to relate. He’d also want to call on Roger for advice.

  • Brandon

    Jeez just let it die already. LW3 & LW4 were already bad enough and completely unwarranted. These movies don’t work without a touch of insanity from Mel Gibson (who hasn’t acted in or directed a good film in ages….’Apocalypto’ was well made but so inaccurate it made me cringe.)

  • Shawn

    As much as I’d like to see another Lethal Weapon movie, I actually enjoyed LW4 and thought that it brought the series to a proper conclusion. It seemed like they literally closed the book on it.

  • buzzfunk

    I thought while the story for LW4 was terrible, Let lee stood out in a good way. But really it was Chris Rock who ruined the movie for me.

  • chris

    I think it would be great to see another Lethal. I liked Lethal 4, alot better than I did 3. If Stallone and Willis can do it, Gibson and Glover can too. I think Richard Donnor should be involved though. Plus as bad as most movies are today, it cant be any worse. Itll be good to hang out with some old friends.

  • d.o

    I find it funny that people keep going back to the drunk driving and anti-Semitic angle on mel gibson…if we discredited everyone who has gotten behind the wheel drunk, used drugs, or said hateful things about another group of people, there would be very few actors or actresses in hollywood we would be able to watch movies in. What he said was wrong but get over it already, there are as many liberals who spout off as there are the other way…

  • Scott

    I love all 4, the 3rd being the first i can remember watching. The whole idea of armor piercing bullets just excited me. And bringing in the kung-fu chick for the lethal weapon to fall for was a great idea. The fourth i consider a spoof of the others, a true action comedy. Chris Rock, Jet Li and tbe actor who played Uncle Benny made that movie more re-watchable than most comedies i enjoy. To Shane Black: Bring on #5! Keep all of the previous actors, and dont turn Danny and Mel into background characters! Better yet, demote them again!

  • Scott

    I love all 4, the 3rd being the first i can remember watching. The whole idea of armor piercing bullets just excited me. And bringing in the kung-fu chick for the lethal weapon to fall for was a great idea. The fourth i consider a spoof of the others, a true action comedy. Chris Rock, Jet Li and tbe actor who played Uncle Benny made that movie more re-watchable than most comedies i enjoy. To Shane Black: Bring on #5! Keep all of the previous actors, and dont turn Danny and Mel into background characters! Better yet, demote them again!

  • Billy

    LW is awesome if u hate it your crazy i would love to see another come out i would be the first to watch it all the actors are awesome Rigz please come back for a #5 if u wasnt in it. it wouldnt be LW.i hope they both retire together.

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