It’s been nearly 13 years since the fourth and seemingly final “Lethal Weapon” movie was released in theaters. But it was recently reported by Deadline.com that Warner Bros., along with producer Joel Silver, has sought out writer Will Beall to make a reboot of the action/ comedy franchise with an entirely new cast.
While in the past there had been talks of a possible “Lethal Weapon 5,”
featuring the original cast and reportedly to be penned by Shane Black, conflicting schedules as well as Mel Gibson’s shattered public image had shelved it for the time being.
MTV News caught up with one of the series’ stars, Danny Glover, at the
2011 Sundance Film Festival on Friday to discuss the news of a remake. The 64-year-old actor, who said he hadn’t heard anything about it yet, channeled his character, Roger Murtaugh, as he said with a laugh, “I’m too old for this!”
Glover, who was attending Sundance to screen his latest film, “Black Power Mixtape,” went on to talk about Mel Gibson , his onscreen partner in crime (fighting) from the original blockbusters. “I thought it was, for me and Mel, a wonderful journey,” he said of his troubled co-star, adding, “I love Mel. Mel’s my friend.”
As for a potential reboot, Glover said, “I’d like to think that the four we did were still magical and people will still reference the four ’Lethal Weapon’ [films],” adding, “I like what we’ve done before in the past.”
Glover also seemed skeptical about a reboot without director Richard Donner, who directed all four films, at the helm. “Dick Donner is the one who’s behind all this. Dick Donner is the one. He’s really the magic behind this [franchise],” Glover said. “There’s no way this could have been done, the four ’Lethal Weapon’ movies, without Richard Donner.”
Glover continued to praise his former director, saying Donner allowed him and his co-stars “the space for us to … create the kind of relationships, touch the human relationships that we did in that movie.”
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