Damon Wayans Sr. has been set to star as Roger Murtaugh, the role made famous by Danny Glover, in the upcoming TV series reboot of the “Lethal Weapon” franchise on FOX.
Wayans, who was a regular on FOX’s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” many years ago, is set for the role after a prolonged dealmaking process. With that now in place, the project has received a formal pilot pickup.
Warner Bros. Television is producing the project in which former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, and moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans Sr.), who, having recently suffered a ‘minor’ heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
The key role of Riggs, played by Mel Gibson in the films, has yet to be cast. Matt Miller (“Chuck,” “Forever”) is executive producing the series alongside Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz.
The project joins various TV series takes on classic films in the works ranging from remakes like “Shooter,” “Rush Hour,” “Frequency” and “The Exorcist”; reimaginings like “Animal Kingdom,” “Westworld” and “Training Day”; sequels like “Cruel Intentions,” “Damien” and “Tremors”; and prequels like “Taken” and “Krypton”.
Source: The Live Feed