Mel Gibson has said he will direct the fifth Lethal Weapon film (Lethal Weapon 5!).
According to the Radio Times, the director confirmed his involvement with the project.
The actor/director was speaking during an Experience With… event held at InterContinental London on 13 November 2021.
Gibson tapped by late Lethal Weapon director to helm the fifth movie
Legendary director Richard Donner, who directed the first four films, was working on a fifth film earlier this year.
However, before he could realise his vision for the fifth film, Donner passed away earlier this year, aged 91.
Following Donner’s death, Gibson revealed that Donner had earmarked him to take on the project:
“The man who directed all the Lethal films, Richard Donner, he was a big guy. He was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, ‘Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.’ And I said: ‘Shut up.’ But he did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it and at the time I didn’t say anything. He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one.”
If Gibson does take the reins, it will be his first stint in the director’s chair since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge.
Given his involvement in the franchise from the get go, and given Donner personally wanted him to do it, it does make sense for Gibson to take on this project.
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