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Damon Wayans isn't getting too old to star in Lethal Weapon pilot for Fox

02.12.2016

Late last year, Fox Television put the idea for a LETHAL WEAPON series into development in the hopes of being able to craft something for their network airwaves built on the franchise concept that spawned four big-screen films. Today, they have officially given a pilot order for the show, and apparently Damon Wayans isn't getting too old for this shit.

Damon Wayans has been cast as Roger Murtaugh, a character once originated by Danny Glover in the 1987 film LETHAL WEAPON and its subsequent sequels. Nothing much will change with the role, with Murtaugh lined up as an LAPD detective who, having suffered a recent heart attack, must try his best to reduce stress in his life. Unfortunately for him, being paired up with Martin Riggs, a former Navy SEAL turned loose cannon, is hardly the recipe to make that happen. Riggs (formerly played by Mel Gibson) has yet to be cast.

Before you ask why Fox would make this show a thing, remember that TV reboots of past popular film properties are one of the latest trends as networks mine for sure-thing programming. MINORITY REPORT, LIMITLESS, UNCLE BUCK, SHOOTER, RUSH HOUR, THE EXORCIST, TRAINING DAY, TAKEN, CRUEL INTENTIONS have all been given attempts at the TV treatment in the last year alone. LETHAL WEAPON doesn't appear to be the sign that focus is slowing down one bit.

Source: Variety

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2:38AM on 02/15/2016

Ok, so this is the new fad... Movies to TV Shows... Limitless, Rush Hour, Training Day, Lethal Weapon... Prob more

If they have to turn movies into TV shows, how about some better franchises. We already have 10,000 cop shows on the air.
If they have to turn movies into TV shows, how about some better franchises. We already have 10,000 cop shows on the air.
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5:42PM on 02/13/2016
I guess I'm in the minority on this, I actually think it's a good idea. A buddy cop show based on characters we already like. It might be better on a channel like FX where it can be free to skew its humor and action a little closer to the movies. They can only get away with so much if they choose to air it on FOX. On the other hand it would make a good lead in or follow for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I understand why many of you are upset to see such a classic movie franchise getting remade,
I guess I'm in the minority on this, I actually think it's a good idea. A buddy cop show based on characters we already like. It might be better on a channel like FX where it can be free to skew its humor and action a little closer to the movies. They can only get away with so much if they choose to air it on FOX. On the other hand it would make a good lead in or follow for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I understand why many of you are upset to see such a classic movie franchise getting remade, especially for TV. But I believe this could work, and I like Wayans, and let's face it-the quality of television programming has become very elevated in the past decade, there's no reason we should just assume it won't be good.
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5:22PM on 02/14/2016
I think the problem is we like the actors more than we like the characters in those old movies. Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 aren't great movies, but the chemistry is still there.
I think the problem is we like the actors more than we like the characters in those old movies. Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 aren't great movies, but the chemistry is still there.
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10:46AM on 02/13/2016

:'(

It's the least logical type of remake/reboot. It has no hope of attracting any original fans.
It's the least logical type of remake/reboot. It has no hope of attracting any original fans.
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9:13AM on 02/13/2016
He ain't old enough for this shit.
He ain't old enough for this shit.
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11:34AM on 02/13/2016
Danny Glover was 40 when they made the first Lethal Weapon in the 80's. Damon Waynes is 55 years old. I think he is plenty old enough.
Danny Glover was 40 when they made the first Lethal Weapon in the 80's. Damon Waynes is 55 years old. I think he is plenty old enough.
6:40AM on 02/13/2016
ok my first thought was Damon Wayans? I haven't seen him in anything in years. I have always thought he was the funniest of all the Wayans brothers. Not sure how I feel about him taking over such an iconic role though. I guess we'll see.
ok my first thought was Damon Wayans? I haven't seen him in anything in years. I have always thought he was the funniest of all the Wayans brothers. Not sure how I feel about him taking over such an iconic role though. I guess we'll see.
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12:28AM on 02/13/2016
This will fail
This will fail
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9:21PM on 02/12/2016
I blame all of you for this.
I blame all of you for this.
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8:37PM on 02/12/2016
he has the comedy bit down but I'm not 100% sold on damon in the drama parts of lethal weapon.that being said with the right co star I think this could be good.now on to the harder role of riggs,liam hemsworth sounds almost perfect to me.hes a good actor and with longer hair could def pull off riggs
he has the comedy bit down but I'm not 100% sold on damon in the drama parts of lethal weapon.that being said with the right co star I think this could be good.now on to the harder role of riggs,liam hemsworth sounds almost perfect to me.hes a good actor and with longer hair could def pull off riggs
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6:10PM on 02/12/2016
Was Kevin Hart too busy?!?!?
Was Kevin Hart too busy?!?!?
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4:50PM on 02/12/2016
I am getting definitely too old for this shit!
I am getting definitely too old for this shit!
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4:27PM on 02/12/2016
I have no interest in a Lethal Weapon without Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Or without Richard Donner directing for that matter.
I have no interest in a Lethal Weapon without Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Or without Richard Donner directing for that matter.
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8:47AM on 02/13/2016
Or with a PG friendly rating for the network !
Or with a PG friendly rating for the network !
4:22PM on 02/12/2016

I'd rather see Son of Blankman

Why haven't we gotten a Son of Blankman movie (with DW and DW Jr.)?? Now if the time to do it when 90s stuff is making a return.
Why haven't we gotten a Son of Blankman movie (with DW and DW Jr.)?? Now if the time to do it when 90s stuff is making a return.
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3:52PM on 02/12/2016
My prediction, the show will eventually fall into the crime-of-the-week format, with a Riggs who's just not crazy enough. And in five years no one will even remember it happened. That's what I think will happen anyway. Either way, whatever keeps it from getting rebooted on the big screen, I'm not immediately against.
My prediction, the show will eventually fall into the crime-of-the-week format, with a Riggs who's just not crazy enough. And in five years no one will even remember it happened. That's what I think will happen anyway. Either way, whatever keeps it from getting rebooted on the big screen, I'm not immediately against.
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