Fans couldn’t contain their excitement when they heard that a cult classic in Lethal Weapon is making its return. Now, Mel Gibson has also confirmed his involvement in the much-anticipated project.
Gibson, 66, said he’ll be stepping into the director’s chair for the fifth instalment of the hit franchise. He revealed that Richard Donner, who helmed the original Lethal Weapon as well its three sequels, asked him to take over before his death.
“Yeah, I am directing that.” he told ET. He continued, “I’m really looking forward to it. I wish I wasn’t directing it. I wish Richard Donner was still here to do it but left us untimely, and he actually asked me, he said ‘Hey kid, if I don’t make it, you’ll take the reins, huh?’”
“I told him to shut up. I think it’s an honor for me to be able to carry the flag for him. I called Danny [Glover] up, of course, and said ‘Hey, dude, is it okay with you if I direct this?’ He said yeah, let’s go. I know Danny’s going to pull it off real well, too. He’s kind of like the show pony in this one.”
Regarded as one of the most successful buddy cop movies of all time, the first instalment (1987) became an instant hit with fans and critics alike. Its success spawned the creation of Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).
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