Mel Gibson Announces He’s Helming & Starring in LETHAL WEAPON 5

By: John M Jerva

When Richard Donner sadly passed away earlier this year, it was thought that a fifth Lethal Weapon wouldn’t materialize anymore. After all, Donner helmed all of the films in the franchise so many were saying that it died with him.

In an interesting turn of events, series star Mel Gibson announced that he will in fact direct the fifth film and that he had Donner’s blessing to do it.

According to several sources, Gibson made the announcement Saturday evening while the star was attending a special event in London.

“Donner was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, ‘Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.’ And I said: ‘Shut up.’ “But he did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it and at the time I didn’t say anything. “He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one,” Gibson stated.

Gibson also confirmed that he will return as Martin Riggs although Danny Glover has not made an announcement. Glover was on board when Donner was still directing so it should bode well for fans to see him return as well. Hopefully he does as it won’t be a Lethal Weapon film without both involved. We’ll keep you updated.

Production is said to commence sometime next year but nothing definite has been set as this is all developing.

It is being reported that Gibson will play an older Riggs (of course) and that there will be a “comedic bent” to it. Not so sure what that means as there was humor in all the films.

Personally, I thought the series ended perfectly with number 4 years ago so here’s hoping if this does happen, that it works out well. Stay tuned.

Source: The Daily Mail

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