Mel Gibson : Lethal Weapon 5 to shoot “first quarter” of 2023

Actor and director offers a promising update on sequel

Warner Bros

It’s been a few years since Mel Gibson first announced that a fifth Lethal Weapon film was in the works.

Since then, director Richard Donner has passed, Warner Bros has undergone a change of guard at the helm, and that aforesaid new owner has reversed a decision to have a series of movies premiere first on HBO Max in theaters.

Gibson then announced he’d be taking over directing duties on Lethal Weapon 5. As for where the film is at now that David Zaslav has been axing project after project at Warner – especially those that were set to be HBO Max originals, like Lethal 5? hard to say. But the New York-born actor, out promoting his latest film Bandit, tells Screen Rant that things still look promising.

Warner Bros

“It’s [coming along] great, we’ve got a really good screenplay that I developed. Well, Donner developed it, Richard Donner, of course, developed it with Richard Wenk, and they had a really good template. I had the honor of sitting down, after Richard passed away, with the writer and doing a couple more drafts and trying to do it in the spirit of what we thought Donner might [want], because I knew the guy so well. We tried to get that flavor, and we were pretty happy with what we came up with. The only delay is now with all the shake-up at Warners, with Discovery coming in and the new boss, and they chop everyone else up and throw them away and get new people. It always takes time for these companies to regroup, so that’s been a delay, but I’m pretty confident we’ll get this one up on its feet, probably shoot it in the first quarter of the New Year.”

In a separate interview with JoBlo, the Bird on a Wire actor reiterated that he believes it’ll happen.

“It’ll come. I’m not quite sure when but it’ll happen.”

The new film, rumoured to be titled Lethal Finale, would again team Gibson with Danny Glover as Riggs and Martaugh, respectively.

Bronson Pinchot back as Serge in Beverly Hills Cop 4

Hot new scribes board Fantastic Four