Update: Producer Joel Silver has hired former L.A. cop Will Beall to write a script for the new Lethal Weapon movie.
Get out your torches and pitchforks, folks… it looks like Warner Brothers is the early stages of rebooting the beloved Lethal Weapon series. After years of rumours about a possible fifth installment (with Mel Gibson himself apparently being the main holdout), it seems that they have finally decided to move on without Gibson and Glover and start over again from scratch. Heat Vision reports that the departure of studio exec Jessica Goodman has led to a number of stalled WB projects being re-assigned to new producers with the hopes of getting them off the ground again. Some of the other projects being considered include remakes of The Dirty Dozen, Westworld, and The Wild Bunch. Oh yes, I can already sense the outrage brewing.
While Westworld is a more obscure sci-fi film that might actually benefit from an update, I am pretty sure that most people see both The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch as classics that should never be touched. However, the recent success of The Coen Brothers’ True Grit remake probably makes Sam Peckinpah’s western the most likely of these to be revamped in the near future.
As for Lethal Weapon, there is not much info to go on at the moment, but Heat Vision suggests that a smaller, grittier take on the series might be the way to go. Personally, I think that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will forever be seen as Riggs and Murtaugh, and Warner Brothers would be crazy to mess with that. Even if they could get Shane Black on board to write a new script (he is apparently adapting the Japanese manga Death Note right now), they’d be better off calling it something else. What do you think, could a newer, younger Lethal Weapon actually be successful or would a reboot cause a backlash? Can you think of two actors that could easily step into the shoes of Gibson and Glover?