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Richard Donner Says "Lethal Weapon 5" is Dead

Posted: October 14th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Richard Donner Says "Lethal Weapon 5" is DeadSubmit Comment
The Los Angeles Times spoke to director Richard Donner, who helmed and produced all four "Lethal Weapon" movies, about a potential fifth installment. Unfortunately, it looks like Mel Gibson will not be returning, even though writer Shane Black and producer Joel Silver have been trying to continue the franchise and Columbus Short has recently revealed that he is in talks to play Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) son in the film.

"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."

He continued: "It's too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren't given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver."

To make it as clear as possible, Donner said: "Yes, the project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me."

Do you think Donner should have been approached to continue the franchise?

Source: The Los Angeles Times


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PrevalentMind writes:
on October 14th, 2008 at 8:03:58 AM

This is a joke right? In a world of franchises where McTiernan's are replaced by Wisemans...Of course he should have been approached. The whole charm and feel of the film is with the on screen chemistry and the family...you simply do not change the family and the environment and expect to have the same results. I really cannot believe they did not go to Donner. thanks god- I thought 4 was a good note to end on- I dont want to see a passing of the torch to Columbus Short or some other nobody newcomer to the series.
James.Speed writes:
on October 16th, 2008 at 12:05:08 AM

Not having Richard Donner direct it was always a bad move. It would have sucked withiout him. It wouldnt have felt the same. Look what happened to the X-Men and Batman franchises with a director change.
masondixon writes:
on October 16th, 2008 at 1:00:16 AM

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