Rumor: Shane Black Writing Lethal Weapon 5? Doubt It...
It was a few weeks ago that a supposed script outline had been written for a sequel to the Tom Cruise-of-yore Top Gun. That turned out to be, as some Jewish folk might say, total bubkis. Will that be the same fate the latest rumor concerning another iteration of the Lethal Weapon franchise? I think so, but we'll have to wait and see as these rumors get run through the ringer. TrackingB.com (via ComingSoon) tells us that series screenwriter Shane Black has written a spec script on his own for a Lethal Weapon 5, and apparently ran it past producer Joel Silver. They also claim that "Gibson and Glover are down to return." While a new film isn't totally out there, I have to call bullsh*t on the whole idea that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover would reprise their roles.
Just like with the Top Gun rumor and the idea that Tom Cruise would return to his original character, it seems completely implausible that Mel Gibson would reprise his role as rule-breaking cop Martin Riggs. The Hollywood veteran has kept behind the camera, largely since 2002's Signs, and just recently announced his return to acting in Martin Campbell's upcoming Edge of Darkness. Stepping in front of the camera again is one thing, but stepping back in time is another. The Lethal Weapon series ended roughly a decade ago (with Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998) and I'd venture to say that Gibson has grown quite a bit since then, possibly too much to return to such a movie (Passion of the Christ, anyone?).
Now, if Gibson and Glover were not to return in the film, then sure, a fifth movie is as feasible as any other sequel (we just saw Indiana Jones earlier this summer, didn't we?). But I can't imagine a Lethal Weapon without the interracial buddy cop couple we came to love. If you're curious, the supposed script shows us that "homicidal Riggs (Gibson) is about to retire, but pulls Murtaugh (Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case, before they both officially head off into the sun." I enjoyed the Lethal Weapon series like a lot of people, but I can't say this news sounds terribly exciting or accurate. Do you think this is legit and do you even want a Lethal Weapon 5?