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