A fifth (and perhaps final) Lethal Weapon is reportedly in the works, with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and director Richard Donner rumored to return.
The last Lethal Weapon movie may have been over 20 years ago, but that isn’t stopping Warner Bros. from considering making another one.
In a recent Producers Round Table interview, producer Dan Lin told The Hollywood Reporter that, “we’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”
The first Lethal Weapon movie was released in 1987, with a then up-and-coming Mel Gibson playing loose canon LAPD detective Martin Riggs and established star Danny Glover playing detective Roger Murtaugh. After an initially rocky partnership, the two eventually bond while taking care of one another and the film’s bad guys.
Though the film was made for just $15 million, it became a blockbuster hit and raked in $120 million worldwide. That success led to three more sequels — one 1989, one in 1992 and the most recent attempt in 1998. Altogether, the film franchise has made close to a billion dollars worldwide and spawned a TV series starring Clayne Crawford as Riggs and Damon Wayans as Murtaugh.
A potential Lethal Weapon 5 film was discussed in 2017, but discussions stalled and there hasn’t been any news for the last three years.
However, it looks like the success of Bad Boys for Life — another buddy-cop franchise that took a long hiatus from the big screen — has motivated studios into jump starting the Lethal Weapon franchise once again.