Richard Donner, the director known for the original Superman film, the Lethal Weapon franchise, Radio Flyer, The Goonies and the excellent but underrated 16 Blocks has confirmed via interview with The Daily Telegraph that he is returning to helm Lethal Weapon 5 with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. He also stated this will be the last film in the franchise.
This is great news to fans of the Lethal Weapon series – and fans of Donner himself. For years there have been rumours of a Lethal Weapon 5 and even last month we reported on Mel Gibson revealing that Richard Donner would be back in the director’s chair. Now the man himself has officially confirmed.
The buddy cop film Lethal Weapon, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover hit theatres in 1987, spawning 3 sequels – all directed by Donner – from 1989 to 1998.
Richard Donner back behind the director’s chair for Lethal Weapon 5
Here’s what Richard Donner had to say about returning to direct Lethal Weapon 5:
This is the final one. It’s both my privilege and duty to put it to bed. It’s exciting, actually… Hahaha! It’s the last one, I’ll promise you that.
At 90 years old he will break George Miller’s record at Warner Bros for oldest director returning to helm his original franchise. Is that a thing? I certainly don’t know, but I will say that it’s great having Donner coming back to finish the Lethal Weapon franchise, just like it was for George Miller when he came back for Mad Max: Fury Road (and the upcoming Furiosa prequel). Can we get George Lucas back to direct an episode of The Mandalorian?
Alas, I digress. What do you make of this news? Are you excited for Donner’s return to the director’s chair for Lethal Weapon 5? Do you think Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will be able to reignite that chemistry? Especially with Donner overseeing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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