Justin Lin to Direct Chris Hemsworth in Reboot of 'Lethal Weapon'?

May 8, 2014
Source: The Tracking Board

Chris Hemsworth

Any hopes of a Lethal Weapon 5 pretty much died six years ago when it was reported that Mel Gibson turned the sequel down. At the end of the day, he and Danny Glover were probably really getting too old for this shit (especially the latter, since Gibson is still having fun in The Expendables 3 this year). But that doesn't mean Warner Bros. isn't beyond rebooting the Lethal Weapon franchise, and we heard the studio was interested in doing as much back in 2011. Now the latest word on the street comes from The Tracking Board saying that they want Chris Hemsworth to lead a reboot with Justin Lin directing. More below!

If the rumors are true, this reboot would be a sequel that basically hands things off to some new cops. As of now, the rumor is that the script focuses on an older cop's son who wishes to join the police force. There are presumptions made that this character might be the son of Riggs, which would be convenient since Hemsworth also hails from Australia just like Gibson (you can hear traces of his accent in the first film). It's not clear if Gibson would make a cameo or if the Riggs character would just be referenced, but supposedly franchise scribe Shane Black (fresh off directing Iron Man 3) has been somewhat involved in guiding the direction of the reboot/sequel, and Joel Silver is still producing.

The seemingly less likely part of the rumor is the involvement of Justin Lin, if only because he's pretty busy with the sequel to The Bourne Legacy at Universal, not to mention the developing Toymageddon, the Black Listed script Times Square and a narrative remake of the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Otherwise, Will Beall (Gangster Squad) is working on the script, and it sounds like Warner Bros. is keen on getting this reboot off the ground. Hemsworth could make this work, especially if Gibson appears in the film to pass the torch, but we'll see if all these pieces actually come together. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


Sounds really boring and pointless. I find Hemsworth to be a total snooze fest in front of the camera.

ListenToVinyl on May 8, 2014


I hope they'll connect it with the rest of the franchise.

Nielsen700 on May 8, 2014


Maybe like one of them being the chief or lutenant (don't know what it's called in the states) of the department? Would be nice, if they really have to rip off my childhoods favorite cop movies...

ProjectionistHP on May 9, 2014


come on now, please stop this nonsense.. enough is enough

Tester on May 8, 2014


Lethal Weapon 5 exists and it is the best of the series! "Turns out someone taint... someone tapped the tainted water supply!"

Neuromancer on May 8, 2014


The latest person to die was YOUR wife.

Brian Sleider on May 8, 2014


Hollywood: stop it. I'm willing to bet you can still cash in on a new cop/buddy series without using the Lethal Weapon name.

Quanah on May 8, 2014


Good point. They can ripoff the premise without having to use the title and character names.

DaveLister_JMC on May 8, 2014



Quanah on May 8, 2014


First off, Justin Lin sucks. Second WHAT THE F**K ARE YOU THINKING HOLLYWOOD?!?!

Rock n Rollllll on May 8, 2014


Can't people these days do anything else but complain all the time?

Tuomas Lassila on May 8, 2014



Professor_Bedlam on May 8, 2014


I love me some LETHAL WEAPON. I hope this will happen soon.

DAVIDPD on May 8, 2014


Hollywood sucks. And Chris Hemsworth would be a charisma-free Riggs.

cobrazombie on May 8, 2014



mooreworthy on May 8, 2014


Hemsworth and his brother are beyond boring to watch but I like the idea of pumping fresh blood into this series. Least its not a sequel with the old farts back in action.

SkyNet300 on May 8, 2014


In this case, Id actually prefer that

Rock n Rollllll on May 8, 2014

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