Lethal Weapon 5: Danny Glover Says Revival Plot Is Relevant to Current Events

Danny Glover has read a script for the proposed Lethal Weapon 5 movie, which he says has “very strong relevance” to current events.In an interview with Variety, Glover, who starred alongside Mel Gibson in all four Lethal Weapon movies, revealed that “there is something of a plan” for a fifth and final installment in the buddy-cop action series, though it still hasn’t been completely locked down yet.

“There has been a conversation about that in January,” Glover admitted. “I don’t want to give away the plot on the script that I read, but I found the plot had very strong relevance to some of things that are happening today. I can say that. But that was in January. History changes so fast… But yes, there’s been talk about it. There is something of a plan.”

Glover hinted that the prospective project could be developed within a “political framework” that gives the team space to “attempt to confront the issue head-on,” as he appeared to reference the recent impact of widespread protests against racism and police brutality.

“I can only tell you, if it does happen, there is something extraordinary in it,” he teased. “If Lethal Weapon gives us some sort of contribution to understanding a little bit more… It would be interesting to do. It would be interesting to see how we take this within the political framework we are in; the economic framework that we are in. And especially that framework as opposed to the communities that have been affected by the kind of police violence, the kind of police standards, and the power that they exert as well. And what would be interesting from that vantage point is what that attempt could be like at this particular moment.

“And maybe it will attempt to confront the issue head-on, within whatever script comes out.”

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The first rumblings that Lethal Weapon 5 might be happening surfaced back in 2008, as it emerged that Shane Black planned to direct Roger Murtaugh’s and Martin Riggs’ next adventure. However, after several rumoured changes, the project was squashed in 2012 when Richard Donner revealed that Gibson had turned down a reprisal of his role.

After that, nothing came over the radio for a while. In January of this year, however, news of the long-gestating sequel finally hit the airwaves, as producer Dan Lin, who served as executive producer on the Lethal Weapon TV series, revealed that Warner Bros. had been looking to reload the beloved franchise with the original stars on board to reunite with the series director.

Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.


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