We have been hearing about Lethal Weapon 5 for several years now, but, the recent news indicates that the film might just be made this time around. Richard Donner has stated that the project is underway and it is “inches away” from receiving a go ahead. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have joined the project and are all set to work on the story that was earlier written by Donner and Channing Gibson (the writer of Lethal Weapon 4). So, the time is not far when you will hear the wrinkled Danny Glover say that he is too old to do this.
Richard Donner appeared on the Spocklight Star Trek podcast recently, and the discussion moved to the topic of Lethal Weapon franchise at close to the 41-minute mark and about the prospects of the fifth Lethal Weapon film. That’s when Donner made this exciting statement. Donner said:
“It’s a story I came up with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote (Lethal Weapon), and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel (Gibson) and Danny (Glover) are on board. If they don’t… if it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a good… a better chance that you’ll see the movie.”
This makes it clear that the only challenge that Lethal Weapon 5 has to overcome is to convince the studio. The time is ripe for the new film because almost nobody is talking anymore about Mel Gibson’s private issues.
Mel Gibson has confessed that he stayed in contact with his movie collaborators and also confirmed that he and Richard Donner met Danny Glover in LA to talk about the film and said it is a “maybe.” Glover is presently busy playing a role in the reboot of the play Yohen in which he had earlier participated in the late 1990s. In response to the question about fans getting to see the duo back in action, Gibson expressed hope and it seems that things are a lot closer to the Lethal Weapon 5 now in comparison to how it was a few weeks back.
There has been an excruciatingly long gap since Mel Gibson, and Danny Glover last teamed up to play Riggs and Murtaugh in the 1998 release Lethal Weapon 4. This long gap also raises concerns whether the fans still have any interest left in the franchise which has been hibernating for a long time and then there is the question about fans being prepared to see Gibson play one of his most famous roles. The studio could be hesitant to make an official announcement as of now. But, the good thing is that everybody seems to be on board as far as the creative viewpoint is concerned, and that might make it a reality.
The last joint public appearance of the 61-year-old Danny Glover and Mel Gibson was when they paid respect to Richard Donner during a career tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an occasion which saw Gibson appreciate the director of the Lethal Weapon franchise as a “f—ing genius.” Last few years have seen Mel Gibson devote his time to his directorial career and has been appreciated for his last film Hacksaw Ridge. However, he is apparently enjoying working alone as an actor again with his most recent role in Daddy’s Home 2. You can hear in detail about what Richard Donner said about Lethal Weapon 5 during the Spocklight Podcast at the 41-minute mark.