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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:46 am
[quote01="/Film"][b01][size=1801]Shane Black Has Written [i01]Lethal Weapon 5[/i01]. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Talks?[/size01][/b01]

Right now, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are rolling around in separate beds half-asleep mumbling, “We’re too old for this crap.” Let’s hope their co-stars Chris Rock, Joe Pesci and Jet Li are mumbling the exact same sentence tomorrow when they’re fully awake. It’s being reported by TrackingB that legendary screenwriter, Shane Black, has written a script for Lethal Weapon 5 and handed it over to his friend, the franchise’s producer Joel Silver. Moreover, the guys pictured above are said to be interested in reprising their roles as LAPD badges Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. Coming Soon posted the following logline…

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.

No further info was made available. Some readers will take issue with the adjective “legendary” used above but seeing that Black’s influence on the action genre, which dates back to 1987’s Lethal Weapon, remains obvious with this weekend’s Pineapple Express, why? From my standpoint, Seth Rogen’s pot vehicle would have been the action-comedy masterpiece some feel it is (CHUD says Oscar-bait no less!?) with Black’s involvement. For example: imagine memorable, superior one-liners rather than Axl Rose lyrics yelled mid-brawl in 2008. A bloodied Danny McBride meets The Last Boy Scout? Now, that’s a neverending breakfast conversation I’d pay to see three times.

The fourth Lethal Weapon film was released 10 years ago and managed to gross $128 million domestically. One could forsee Richard Donner returning as the director, since he helmed the prior four pictures and has a film on the burner entitled Sam and George with Gibson.[/quote01]
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:25 am
Interesting. If they do indeed make it, they better bring back Rene Russo along for the ride.
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[quote:d4901514b0="[url=http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/09/26/lethal-weapon-5-waits-on-mel-gibsons-approval/]/Film[/url]"][b:d4901514b0][size=18:d4901514b0][i:d4901514b0]Lethal Weapon 5[/i:d4901514b0] Waits on Mel Gibson’s Approval[/size:d4901514b0][/b:d4901514b0]

In August it was revealed that Shane Black was working on a screenplay for Lethal Weapon 5. When news hit earlier this week that Black had signed on to direct Cold Warrior for Universal, we assumed that the momentum for a new Lethal Weapon film had died. Entertainment Weekly reveals that producer Joel Silver is waiting on series star Mel Gibson’s approval of Black’s treatment for the fifth film. Apparently, the story introduces a new pair of young NYPD police officers, and Silver needs Gibson’s approval before moving forward. And Black still intends to direct the fifth film in the series.[/quote:d4901514b0]
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:50 am
[quote:35314a1249="[url=http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/10/07/columbus-short-says-lethal-weapon-5-on-the-fast-track/]/Film[/url]"][b:35314a1249][size=18:35314a1249]Columbus Short Says [i:35314a1249]Lethal Weapon 5[/i:35314a1249] on the Fast Track[/size:35314a1249][/b:35314a1249]

Back in August it was reported that Shane Black had handed in a detailed treatment to Joel Silver for a Lethal Weapon 5, which he hopes to direct. When Black signed on to helm Cold Warrior for Universal, we assumed that the project fell into development hell. Not so, turned out that the sequel was just waiting on Mel Gibson’s approval.

Now [url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/916/916725p1.html]IGN[/url] has talked with Columbus Short, who was at one point rumored to be involved with the project. Short not only confirmed that he is up for a role, but claims the film is being fast tracked into production by Warner Bros. No word on if Gibson has seen Black’s treatment or given his thumbs up to go ahead, but it certainly sounds like it. Rumor has it that Short would play Murtaugh’s son.

The Die Hard series may have overshadowed the Lethal Weapon franchise for some filmgoers, but the original Donner films still stand up to the test of time. And with Black back for a new take on the series, which will supposedly involve the addition/introduction of a new generation of cops and Riggs and Murtaugh coming out of retirement for one last case, I can’t see what’s not to be excited about.[/quote:35314a1249]
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:42 am
[quote:07bb78a95a="[url=http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/10/13/mel-gibson-passes-on-lethal-weapon-5/]/Film[/url]"][b:07bb78a95a][size=18:07bb78a95a]Mel Gibson Passes on [i:07bb78a95a]Lethal Weapon 5[/i:07bb78a95a][/size:07bb78a95a][/b:07bb78a95a]

Last we heard, Joel Silver was waiting on Mel Gibson to approve Shane Black’s treatment for Lethal Weapon 5. Now word comes from original series director Richard Donner (via: [url=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2008/10/richard-donner.html]the Los Angeles Times[/url]) that Gibson turned down the idea and the project is dead.

“Mel turned it down. I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn’t involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be,” Donner said. “It’s too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren’t given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.”

And if that leaves any room for speculation, Donner concluded “Yes, the project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me.” I was a big Donner fan back in the 80’s, especially after Superman, but I would really like to see what Black has up his sleeve. Besides having written the original Lethal Weapon screenplay, Black made a huge splash with his 2005 directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which was one of my favorite films of that year). I have faith that Black’s film would be so much more than the last couple sequels in the series. It’s too bad that Warner Bros can’t get Donner on board as a producer, which to me sounds like the only possible resolution.[/quote:07bb78a95a]
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:51 am
TMT wrote:Lethal Weapon 5 Suddenly Looks Real Good For Mel Gibson!

What is the road of salvation for Mel Gibson and his crumbling career? Staying off the radar for awhile? Make another public apology – possibly donate to some special-needs group? Gluing his mouth shut? Directing another great epic showcasing his story-telling abilities?

Or better yet, how about finally starring in Lethal Weapon 5!? Hey, that'll make everyone forget the bullcrap you've pulled, Mel.

As per WHAT'S PLAYING, word is talks have sprung forth once again between Gibson and producer Joel Silver - even after he killed the project five years ago.

If memory serves me correct, Gibson balked at how series-director Richard Donner was not asked to participate and he basically said, "Donner directs or I don't do it!" This was despite a script having been penned by Shane Black and Danny Glover seemingly back on board too. Of course, that was back when he could afford to be that picky. Nowadays, you'd be hard-pressed to hear someone say Gibson couldn't benefit from doing Lethal Weapon 5.

We're still in the midst of the 80s nostalgia fest and what better way to bring it back than seeing an AARP card-carrying Riggs and Murtaugh fighting South African terrorists. Boy, does that movie play different these days, huh? But does anyone think Warner Brothers would want to make it now or any of Gibson's co-stars (like Glover) want to be anywhere near him?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:59 pm
You've got to be joking. You would think that after all those abusive phone calls that his career would be well and truly over.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:20 pm
TMT wrote:Warner Bros. To Reboot 'Lethal Weapon'

Yes, you read that correctly.

Warner Bros. studios is going to reboot the Lethal Weapon franchise.

I'll let that sink in for a moment...

Why is this happening? Well, Heat Vision (who broke this story) will report that it is due to longtime studio executive Jessica Goodman leaving at the end of this year and her portfolio (projects she had in the pipeline) being reassigned to several other studio execs. But you want to know the real reason why a classic film such as Lethal Weapon is being redone? I will spell it out clear as day.

Hollywood has run out of f****** ideas. Plain and simple.

Enjoy the next ten years when we'll witness remakes of The Terminator and Blade Runner too.

Love you Hollywood.

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TOLDJA! reports Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver (this guy is still running the franchise?) have hired Will Beall to write the reboot. Beall is the former L.A. cop who wrote the novel, L.A. Rex, along with the currently in pre-production, Gangster Squad, a period crime drama based on an elite crime unit that fought against organized corruption. Ruben Fleischer is directing.

Apparently, Beall pitched a hard R-rated cop film in the same tone as the original.

Honestly, I couldn't care if they got Ben Affleck or Michael Mann to make this thing. Some classics should be left alone and this is one of them.

Look's like they couldn't get Mel Gibson to return... ;)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:00 pm
Super-Blur wrote:Look's like they couldn't get Mel Gibson to return... ;)

Or they see him as a public relations liability. He is a very good actor and director. No doubt about that, but how do you package an aging, fundamentalist Christian battling alcoholism and Jews as a selling point?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:27 pm
Fringedweller wrote:Or they see him as a public relations liability. He is a very good actor and director. No doubt about that, but how do you package an aging, fundamentalist Christian battling alcoholism and Jews as a selling point?

You have a good point, but they can use that as a selling point. Obviously not every aspect of Mel's personal life but I would reverse Danny Glover's role and use it for Mel.

Riggs is near retirement, he's been through a lot. Danny Glover's character is either killed off, dies naturally or actually does retire. So Riggs dives into a case that consumes him to a point where he would be on the verge of suicide (drunk, hates the world...), like the first movie. This is where the movie gets going, he then is unwillingly partnered with a young cop who is modern and clean or rather 'by the book'. The film then explains itself from there.

I'd say doing it that way Mel's character comes full circle somewhat and a reboot can be made with Mel in light of what he's personal life is about.
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