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No 'Lethal Weapon 5' for Mel Gibson

October 15, 2008 03:09:32 GMT

Director Richard Donner sparked the rumor that the Hollywood actor won't be reprising his role as Martin Riggs in the fifth proposed film.


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Mel Gibson will not take a run at "Lethal Weapon 5". The conviction of Gibson's reluctance to sign on with the new flick comes from Richard Donner, the director and producer of "Lethal Weapon" franchise, in an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Times on October 13.

"Mel turned it down," Donner said. "I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn't involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be." However, up to date, there is no official statement related to Donner's statement from Gibson's camp.

Not only did he talk about Gibson, but also he shared about him being excluded from the flick. He said, "Joel Silver tried to ace me out of it. He tried to put it together but made sure he didn't do it until my contract was up. You know, it's typical of the man. A guy who wasn't even around at the beginning when we started on the first one. He came in late."

The speculation on the making of the fifth "Lethal Weapon" project has been sparked by writer Shane Black when he came up with "Lethal Weapon 5" script to producer Silver, another holder of the "Lethal" franchise. The flick reportedly is seen as an opportunity for reuniting Gibson's Riggs with his old partner, Danny Glover's Roger Murtaugh.

"Lethal Weapon 5" allegedly will see the participation of actor Columbus Short. Short has been caught in the rumors earlier as IGN reported that Silver has discussed with Short about him playing the son of Murtaugh.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by ... on Feb 02, 2009
t (Colin Farrell would be ideal as Riggs), WTF? Are you high or something?? And for the record.. all the LW movies are AWESOME.. So dont try and say that the "concept" was unoriginal and shit.. That is just lame :/.... If not Mel gibosn is returning then fuck LW 5.. Its not gonna be the same without him..
posted by Mike 2 on Nov 27, 2008
colin farrell is a tool, and is anyone that suggests him helping a movie instead of devastating it
posted by Hudii on Oct 21, 2008
oh shit LW is one of my favorite movies with mel g. i want to see a 5 movie
posted by Mike on Oct 19, 2008
The first LW movie remains a classic. But the sequels became an increasing comedy-fest, and by LW4 the whole concept was beginning to look tired and unoriginal. Mel Gibson would be wise to pass on a LW5 turkey. It would certainly do nothing to further his distinguished career, unless the screen writers can come up with an "A" List script that Mel and Danny Glover truly deserve. Without Mel and Danny, the only way I can see a LW5 working is a complete re-vamping of the franchise, and a return to the toughness of the original. Throw in a good script (for a change), a new cast (Colin Farrell would be ideal as Riggs), and it just might work. Anything short of these two options is just going to be another waste of time, money and effort.

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