If you're a lover of unlikely friends who must overcome their differences to work together and save the city from injustice, OR just a human person with a SOUL, you're probably a fan of the Lethal Weapon franchise. The first film took to the silver screens all the way back in 1987 and spawned three sequels, which drew in a total of $955.2 million dollars for Warner Brothers. Now, Danny Glover, Mel Gibson, and Richard Donner are reportedly interested in returning to the film series that helped kickstart the buddy-cop genre.
Hey they're making a Lethal Weapon 5. This is so unnecessary and ridiculous and I'm seeing it opening night.— TheJazzyUte (@TheJazzyUte) October 28, 2017
Ugh. "Lethal Weapon 5" is currently in development, with the original cast.— RG3 (@rascalgas) October 29, 2017
Long before it begins shooting, the new project is already under intense scrutiny due to the participation of Mel Gibson, who's developed a reputation in Hollywood for his anti-Semitic rants and accusations of domestic abuse. Many are expressing outrage that, even after his past transgressions, he's still able to make a living in Hollywood, even thriving as a celebrated director.
If I were in a casting meeting and someone pitched Mel Gibson, I’d have to ask “Have ALL other actors died?”— 🌎Seasonal Scaryname🌎 (@JoshMalina) October 23, 2017
We're all still cool with Mel Gibson getting Oscar noms tho? Like, in 10 years Weinstein et al will be back? Is that the timeline?— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) October 30, 2017
Reportedly, Channing Gibson (who wrote the franchise's fourth installment) would pen the script, and Richard Donner (also of Goonies fame) would return to the director's chair for the first time since 1998. Some fans are eager to revisit the world of Riggs and Murtaugh, others less so, but one thing no one can deny: we're getting too old for this s***.