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Lethal Weapon 5 Gets Exciting Update From Mel Gibson

A new update has been shared on the long-gestating sequel Lethal Weapon 5. The news comes at a time when buddy cop franchises from the past are getting a resurgence.

Per Collider, franchise star Mel Gibson addressed Lethal Weapon 5 for a new interview on the Inspire Me podcast. He confirmed that the film is still in the works and that he’s personally taking the helm. This comes after the passing of Richard Donner, who directed all four previous installments of the series. Gibson said that he wants to direct the fifth movie to make Donner proud.


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I’m gonna direct the fifth film in the Lethal Weapon series,” Gibson said. “Richard Donner, who did the other four, sadly passed away and he was a good friend, and he kind of tasked me with carrying the flag home on that one. So it’ll be an honor for me to do that… He had gotten a fair way into writing the screenplay and we’ve used what was there. We kept kind of poking at it, working it and I’m pretty happy with it, it’s good, I had a lot of fun doing it.”

“[Richard Donner] had gotten a fair way into writing the screenplay and we’ve used what was there.”

Teasing how both comedy and drama will be explored in the next film, Gibson added, “It’s funny, but it’s also pretty serious too, it tackles a couple of hard issues so I’m looking forward to it.”


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The development of Lethal Weapon 5 has been slow-moving. In 2020, Donner said that the movie was in the works and that it was planned to be his final film as director. He also hinted that it was the “last one” in the Lethal Weapon movie series. Donner passed away the following year at the age of 91, and Gibson said afterward that he might take over to direct the movie.

“The man who directed all the Lethal films, Richard Donner, he was a big guy,” Gibson said at the time. “He was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, ‘Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.’ And I said: ‘Shut up.’ But he did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it and at the time I didn’t say anything.”

Lethal Weapon 5 Could Be a Hit Like Bad Boys 4

The sequel update comes at a time when Bad Boys: Ride or Die has found a lot of success in theaters, suggesting there may be some great potential for another buddy cop franchise from the past like Lethal Weapon to be a hit. A sequel to the Beverly Hills Cop series is also about to drop on Netflix, and there have been rumors for years about a Rush Hour sequel, though time will tell if that one comes to be.

A release date hasn’t yet been set for Lethal Weapon 5.

Source: Inspire Me podcast

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