First released in 1987, Lethal Weapon followed Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) who becomes reckless and suicidal after the death of his wife. He is reassigned with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) before uncovering a massive drug trafficking ring. The film was such a success that it has since seen four instalments. Now, after over 20 years since the last film in 1998, Lethal Weapon 5 has been confirmed.
In an episode of Producers Roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter, American producer Dan Lin confirmed that the fifth film is in fact happening, after word of the film was first reported in 2017 by Deadline. Fuelling our obsession with nostalgia, original cast members Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will return to the franchise while its previous director – who turns 90 this year – Richard Donner will reprise the role, yet again.
“We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie,” Dan Lin also told The Playlist. “And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”
Lethal Weapon was created into a television series in 2016 before being cancelled after three seasons. It was plagued by controversy following allegations of sexual abuse on-set by Clayne Crawford.
The fifth film is still in early production phases. Check back for further developments.