Lethal Weapon 5 – Not Happening15.10.08 # News # 11 Comments
The future of Lethal Weapon 5 is as bleak as the economy.
There have been rumours recently of a new installment being put together by series producer Joel Silver, with screenwriter extraordinaire Shane Black writing and directing. Last week, actor Columbus Short said he had been cast as Danny Glover’s son in the film.
But now director of I-IV Richard Donner has gone on record to say the project is “dead in the water”, because Mel Gibson has turned it down.
Gibson’s reasons are unknown, and he was not available for comment, last being seen heading for his car with a bottle in his hand. (not true)
Donner says “I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn’t involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be.”
Anyone who’s seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang knows Shane Black is a better director these days than the tired Donner. If Lethal Weapon 5 had to happen, he would have been a great choice. But with no Gibson, don’t expect this buddy cop saga to continue.
Source: LA Times