While we're attempting to juggle our dual excitement for the upcoming Fox TV series reboot Lethal Weapon and Shane Black's new movie The Nice Guys, a simple statement on behalf of Black regarding Lethal Weapon 5 is making us drop everything.
Shane Black, the writer and director of Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Monster Squad, also happens to be the man responsible for the Lethal Weapon franchise. After writing the screenplay for the original Lethal Weapon in 1987, the sequels took off and the entire franchise achieved tremendous success.
Although there hasn't been another sequel since Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998, the franchise is anything but forgotten. In our era of reboots, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh will live on in Fox's new TV show Lethal Weapon, which will air in fall 2016 on Wednesdays at 10pm EST.
Read more about Fox's Lethal Weapon remake here. In the meantime, take a quick look at the official trailer:
Lethal Weapon's fans were busy debating whether or not they were dying with excitement over the idea of a revival or dying with horror at the thought of re-casting Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Either way, no one was even thinking about a Lethal Weapon 5 starring the original cast — that is, until Black started talking.
Fans were devastated in 2009 when news broke there would be no more sequels due to Mel Gibson's lack of interest. However, in podcast 272 of the Nerdist's The Writer's Room With Ben Blacker, Shane Black reveals he harbors no hard feelings against Gibson, who was going through some personal drama at the time:
"Mel Gibson didn’t know if he wanted to do ['Lethal Weapon 5'] or not. There was negotiations and some things were happening with Mel. I don’t believe anybody should be held accountable for anything they say while drunk. If you say it sober, that’s one thing, but if you’re drunk, I mean, I would say the most heinous things to you."
Shane Black originally met up with Nerdist to promote his latest movie The Nice Guys, featuring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. It didn't take long for the conversation to switch gears and focus on his history with the Lethal Weapon franchise. That's when Black finally revealed his idea for the plot of Lethal Weapon 5, which he had written back when there was still a possibility for yet another sequel.
"I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for 'Lethal Weapon 5' that would’ve been, I think, a very good movie. It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtagh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan, that’s smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them."
It shouldn't come to any shock that the Christmas-obsessed Black chose a blizzard as part of his setting. However, the director also pointed out he wouldn't have given in to an expected and standard passing of the torch of Lethal Weapon's main cast, as most franchises tend to do:
"But I didn’t wanna do what people do when they’re trying to transition which is, they sorta put the two older guys in the movie, but really it’s about their son! And he’s gonna take over and we’re gonna do a spinoff. Fuck that: If they’re gonna be in the movie, they’re gonna be in the movie — I don’t care how old they are."
Mel Gibson, 60, and Danny Glover, 69, may have grown a few white hairs since the last sequel, but there's no doubt they could do it if they chose to. In fact, the difference in age would make for an interesting spin to the usual "I'm too old for this shit!" Unfortunately, the revelation of this sequel in no way indicates that it could ever come to life.
We might as well focus on what we do have on the moment, which is the recently released The Nice Guys. Get ready to be psyched: