Last we heard, Warner Bros had gone cold on the on-again off-again idea of warming up the “Lethal Weapon” franchise for another serve. Now, according to series captain Richard Donner, there’s hope for the long-gestating fourth sequel to the 1987 classic.
Speaking to Movies in Focus, Donner said he’s waiting on a new draft of the film and both the main players (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) and Warner Bros are very keen to read it. According to the filmmaker, the duo behind Riggs and Martaugh are “chafing at the bit” to do the film.
Richard Donner: Lethal Weapon was this incredible relationship. Out of situations something evolved. I love those movies. I’m in the process of getting the fifth and final one written.
I’ve hired a writer to deliver me a draft – as we speak.
Movies In Focus: Will we hear more about that soon?
Richard Donner: If I get a good draft. You never know, it’s a tough, fifth picture to make.
Movies In Focus: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are involved?
Richard Donner: They’re chafing at the bit.
Movies in Focus: Apart from Lethal Weapon 5, is there anything else you’re working on as a director?
Richard Donner: No. I’m woking on kicking back and going to my home up north and living on a boat a little bit and enjoying my life. Having a good time. I’m not very interested in making movies – except for Lethal 5. And that we don’t know whether it’s going to happen.
Movies In Focus: Has the studio signed-off on it, are they happy to go?
Richard Donner: Warner Bros has been very gracious and waiting for the script as I am. But we’ll see. Time will tell.
Now there’s a bright bit of news to cheer us up after a gloomy week, no!?