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Shane Black on the Lethal Weapon sequel that never was

05.23.2016

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Last year I endeavored to begin filling in some of the gaps in my movie watching history; one set of films which I'd never gotten around to watching was the LETHAL WEAPON franchise. Long story short, they were all watched and all enjoyed and I promptly began kicking myself for letting my life go on for so long without Riggs and Murtagh in it. It's been almost twenty years since the last film in the LETHAL WEAPON franchise and there's been talk of a fifth installment for almost as long. While speaking with The Playlist recently, Shane Black discussed what he had in mind for LETHAL WEAPON 5.

I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for “Lethal Weapon 5” that would’ve been, I think, a very good movie. It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtagh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan that’s smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them. But I didn’t wanna do what people do when they’re trying to transition which is, they sorta put the two older guys in the movie, but really it’s about their son! And he’s gonna take over and we’re gonna do a spinoff. F**k that: If they’re gonna be in the movie, they’re gonna be in the movie — I don’t care how old they are.

Given that we seem to be in the midst of a handful of "nostalgia sequels" such as JURASSIC WORLD and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, if there ever was a time to bring back Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), it'd likely be now. Assuming all of the old gang would be down to return for LETHAL WEAPON 5, is that something you'd like to see or should the franchise be left where it is?

Shane Black's latest film, THE NICE GUYS, is currently playing in theaters and you check out a review of the film by our own Chris Bumbray right here!

We may not have LETHAL WEAPON 5, but we do have a Lethal Weapon TV series coming from Fox. Lovely...

Source: The Playlist

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11:31PM on 05/24/2016

NO!!!!!

Great series that ended exactly where it should have. Gibson is WAY past the ability to play an action hero (not to mention his public meltdowns) and Glover hasn't done anything decent in years (and has become quite the asshat himself). Please let something live fondly in our memories without screwing it up trying to make an extra buck.
Great series that ended exactly where it should have. Gibson is WAY past the ability to play an action hero (not to mention his public meltdowns) and Glover hasn't done anything decent in years (and has become quite the asshat himself). Please let something live fondly in our memories without screwing it up trying to make an extra buck.
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2:31PM on 05/24/2016
Actually, the tv show doesn't look half bad. Not as good as the movies, but it looks like they captured the spirit.
Actually, the tv show doesn't look half bad. Not as good as the movies, but it looks like they captured the spirit.
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8:36AM on 05/24/2016

We did get Lethal Weapon 5

"Turns out someone… tapped the tainted water supply!"
"Turns out someone… tapped the tainted water supply!"
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10:53AM on 05/24/2016
And a Lethal Weapon 6 for that matter. Lol I laughed pretty hard at your comment.
And a Lethal Weapon 6 for that matter. Lol I laughed pretty hard at your comment.
4:27AM on 05/24/2016
It sounds like Die Hard 2 & Die Hard with a Vengeance meets Running Scared. In lesser hands it'd be dreadful. Hearing it now sounds like it could be a great concept but it needs the right director to pull it off.
It sounds like Die Hard 2 & Die Hard with a Vengeance meets Running Scared. In lesser hands it'd be dreadful. Hearing it now sounds like it could be a great concept but it needs the right director to pull it off.
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11:18PM on 05/23/2016
It doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I really like how the 4th one ended. The makers clearly planned it as a finale.
It doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I really like how the 4th one ended. The makers clearly planned it as a finale.
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11:07PM on 05/23/2016

Crazy idea for a sequel (don't hate me for it)

I was thinking of having a sort of crossover with die hard where rigs (Mel Gibson) and murtaugh (Danny glover) happened to be in a hostage situation taken over by a ruthless group of terrorists led by (Christoph waltz) and (Hugh jackman) and happened to run into John mcclaine (Bruce Willis) who knows how to handle a situation like this. Of course (joe Pesci) and (Reginald vel Johnson) would make small cameos along with (j.k. Simmons) as the douchebag negotiator of course, cause you don't have a
I was thinking of having a sort of crossover with die hard where rigs (Mel Gibson) and murtaugh (Danny glover) happened to be in a hostage situation taken over by a ruthless group of terrorists led by (Christoph waltz) and (Hugh jackman) and happened to run into John mcclaine (Bruce Willis) who knows how to handle a situation like this. Of course (joe Pesci) and (Reginald vel Johnson) would make small cameos along with (j.k. Simmons) as the douchebag negotiator of course, cause you don't have a die hard movie without a douchebag negotiator. Just an idea I had floating by, no Need to take I seriously cause it's never happening anyway.
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11:17PM on 05/23/2016
That's actually a crossover that WOULD make sense. I hope studio heads read your post so we don't get more crossovers that don't make sense.
That's actually a crossover that WOULD make sense. I hope studio heads read your post so we don't get more crossovers that don't make sense.
8:20AM on 05/24/2016
FOX (Die Hard) and WARNER (Lethal Weapon) in agreement for a film ?
Yeah... I like fairytales too !
FOX (Die Hard) and WARNER (Lethal Weapon) in agreement for a film ?
Yeah... I like fairytales too !
7:47PM on 05/24/2016
You've hit on something… all this time Hollywood is wasting spending their time making remakes as a new 'trend' they should be introducing cross-over films as the next big craze and your one of these two franchises could work…
You've hit on something… all this time Hollywood is wasting spending their time making remakes as a new 'trend' they should be introducing cross-over films as the next big craze and your one of these two franchises could work…
8:04PM on 05/23/2016
When JoBlo interviewed Black he said basically it's not gonna happen now. But damn, that would've been sweet! Black is, from all I can tell, one of those writers that gets what people want to see. Based on that I'd almost say give him the new Indiana Jones script duties, except Indy's dynamic has always been a bit different. Point is, he gets it and a world where Shane Black is writing wry action movies is a better world, and no amount of bitching about Iron Man 3 is going to change my mind on
When JoBlo interviewed Black he said basically it's not gonna happen now. But damn, that would've been sweet! Black is, from all I can tell, one of those writers that gets what people want to see. Based on that I'd almost say give him the new Indiana Jones script duties, except Indy's dynamic has always been a bit different. Point is, he gets it and a world where Shane Black is writing wry action movies is a better world, and no amount of bitching about Iron Man 3 is going to change my mind on that.
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8:01PM on 05/23/2016
If they make Lethal Weapon 5, both Riggs and Murtagh will be too old for this ****.
If they make Lethal Weapon 5, both Riggs and Murtagh will be too old for this ****.
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