It is truly rare that you find a series that gets past 2 movies where you just love every chapter. For me, that is Lethal Weapon (and Star Wars – shaddap, I like them)
So now it seems that the original writer has propped himself under that moss covered rock and is trying to get the ball rolling again.
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.
It seems like a good premise. I think I would dig that.
They already got “too old for this shit” but Murtaugh retired, leaving many years of service still ahead for his partner Riggs. We could see Riggs with a new partner, now settled down with Renee Russo and a family and finally at the point of his own retirement.
Aging stars returning to their franchises is all the rage lately, so I would not be surprised if the studios attempted this. I would love to see another Lethal Weapon, but it has to be the same cast. Mind you, I could do without Chris Rock even though I loved him in LW4.
Glover and Gibson have been approached and are said to be up for it, but nothing is on paper yet.
Lethal Weapon 4 set a nice final chapter, so if this doesn’t happen it won’t take away a resolved ending. We got that already.
Let them have one more ride. I am all game on this if its done right.