Following a very brief tease the other month, “Lethal Weapon” franchise director Richard Donner has once again hinted that a fifth film in the series is raring to go.
Appearing on the Spocklight podcast, Donner seems fairly confident that the film will happen and is essentially just waiting on the green light as the script is ready and stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are also ready to go:
“It’s a story I came up with with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote “Lethal Weapon 4,” and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel and Danny are on board. If it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a better chance that you will see the movie.”
So long as they can avoid the budget blowout that happened on the fourth film, the idea is a guaranteed profitable one for Warners with the three previous sequels earning a consistent $220-320 million each back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Whether fans of the previous films will still turn out is anybody’s guess, but the success of the recent small screen reboot suggests there’s still a thirst out there.