Lethal Weapon 5 in the works with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

Aren't they too old for this already?

Danny Glover first protested that he was "too old for this shit" in the first Lethal Weapon in 1987, but it looks he's gearing up for another outing 30 years later.

 

It's early days, but Glover, co-star Mel Gibson and director Richard Donner are in talks to make Lethal Weapon 5 a reality with Warner Bros Pictures, according to Deadline.

 

The project would bring back Donner to the directing chair on the franchise for the first time since 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, based on a script by that film's writer Channing Gibson.

If a deal comes together, it will be timely since 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the original Lethal Weapon, which redefined the buddy copy movie and spawned countless knock-offs.

 

Over the course of four films, fans watched as brash cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) continuously risked his life, and the life of his grumpy partner Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), in order to bring down gang members, crime bosses and human traffickers.

 

When the cast and crew reunited earlier this year on US TV to celebrate the franchise's anniversary, Mel Gibson first tipped that he'd been thinking about Lethal Weapon 5.

"You play off the fact that they're not as limber as they used to be and I think that would be fun," the actor said at the time.

 

Riggs and Murtaugh are already having all-new adventures on the new Lethal Weapon TV reboot, which stars Clayne Crawford as Riggs and Damon Wayans as Murtaugh.

 

When Digital Spy spoke with the leads, Clayne Crawford admitted he initially had huge doubts about recasting characters as genre-defining as Riggs and Murtaugh.

 

"I heard about it. I said, 'This is a stupid idea'," Clayne quipped. "I even told my agents, I go, 'Well, someone's going to make a lot of money, but it ain't going to me. It's just not for me'. I could not be more grateful that I changed my mind."

He continued: "[Showrunner Matt] Miller asked to do Lethal Weapon. He wanted it, right? So that's different, as opposed to somebody going, 'Hey, go turn Howard the Duck into a TV series', and the writer thinking, 'Ah, I f**king hated that movie'.

 

"He wanted to do it. He was such a fan, and because he was a fan, he didn't want to be disrespectful in any way. He wanted to make sure that he did it some kind of justice."

 

The second season of the Lethal Weapon TV series airs on Fox in the US and ITV in the UK.

 

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