WB is Remaking 'Lethal Weapon', 'Westworld' & 'The Wild Bunch'?

January 20, 2011
Source: THR, Deadline

Lethal Weapon

"I'm getting too old for this shit." A whole bunch of remakes, yes more of them, in development at Warner Bros just made themselves known thanks to an exec leaving the company. THR reports that an executive VP at the studio named Jessica Goodman left and her projects that she was working will move to other execs. So what did she have? In addition to remakes of The Dirty Dozen, Oh God and Tarzan (some of which we have heard about before), other remakes she was working on were Lethal Weapon, Westworld and The Wild Bunch. Too many remakes, give it a rest! But that's not it, as some of them are in active development.

First up, if you remember, there was a Lethal Weapon 5 in development for a while, but with all the recent Mel Gibson madness, that fell apart before it could get too far. Deadline reports that instead, Joel Silver is producing and up-and-comer Will Beall ("Castle", Gangster Squad) is writing a take that will "relaunch the buddy cop series with a new cast." Beall is a former LA police officer who patrolled South Central and also wrote the novel L.A. Rex. Apparently this remake will at least be a "hard R-rated edgy street cop movie," which is great to hear, but it will still be a police procedural with a "mismatched pair of detectives" again.

The only other details THR mentions are in regards to the Westworld and The Wild Bunch and what they might do for a remake, but even that is speculative and it sounds like all we've got area names of the movies and that's it. Westworld is the 1973 sci-fi western "where robot men and women are programmed to serve you" that would be a fun update. The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 western, which shouldn't even be remade to begin with, but there's not much we can do about it. Are westerns really that popular now or is this just what was in the works with this specific exec? We'll let you know if we find that answer.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments



Rops on Jan 20, 2011


FU Warner Bros.!

John on Jan 20, 2011


There's no Lethal Weapon without Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. It's just not right. Make another movie and just pick another title, that's all.

Manuel on Jan 20, 2011


Ditto! Couldn't have said it better myself!!!

Blue Silver on Jan 20, 2011


I'm not gonna bitch about it, as much as I hate the notion of a remake - but I'll most likely be the one buying the ticket on opening day

Rasta on Jan 20, 2011


Westworld was mentioned years ago attached with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Gunslinger (Yule Brenner)... before he was elected as governor.

Dirty Dutchman on Jan 20, 2011


Ha Ha ha. Remaking Westworld is pretty bad. Imagine if Schwarzenegger was in it? How dire would that be?

Crapola on Jan 20, 2011


At least most of these are old movies so a remake doesn't seem so drastic.

Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011


I cant believe this, I dont care about Westworld or Lethal weapon, but The wild bunch?!?! THERE GOING TO RUIN THE WILD BUNCH TOO!!!?!?! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cody W. on Jan 20, 2011


Yeah, they've been talking about doing a "Westworld" remake for almost 15 years. Maybe more. I'll believe that one when I see it.

Film Film on Jan 21, 2011


I couldn't care less if they remake all of these films except for Lethal Weapon. Those movies are great because of the chemistry between Gibson and Glover. The two of them on screen is pure magic. Leave it alone please. I just wish Gibson would of said he would do Shane Black's Lethal Weapon 5. This is not good at all.

Last Son on Jan 21, 2011


I cant believe that all Last Son cares about is the integrity of the Lethal Weapon series. The Wild Bunch is a classic that should never be remade. Shame on Warner Brothers.

Legacythatisbwack on Jan 21, 2011


Westoworld will get my hard earned dosh! It also opens up a sequel in a remake of futureworld... and then there is the possibility of more with medeival world etc. Modern technology could make a real go of these! not sure about Lethal weapon... a lot of the charm was the fact that they were firmly rooted in their eras (hence they look rather dated now).

FOOM on Jan 21, 2011


screw you warner brothers for even THINKING of remaking the wild cant remake a masterpiece.

pike bishop on Apr 1, 2011


I heard that all of these remakes will now be directed by Tyler Perry.

Guy Henry on Jul 17, 2012

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