Mel Gibson will direct Lethal Weapon 5, taking over the torch from former director Richard Donner, who died last July.
The Hollywood Reporter says Donner, who directed the original Lethal Weapon and all of its sequels, spent several years preparing a fifth Lethal Weapon, with screenwriters coming and going from the project. Donner died at the age of 91. THR notes that the idea of turning the directing duties over to Gibson had been in the works for months and probably came from Lauren Shuler Donner, a film producer and Richard Donner’s longtime wife.
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Citing British tabloid The Sun, THR reported that Gibson confirmed during an event on Sunday that he would lead Lethal Weapon 5 and received the blessing from the late Donner.
“[Donner] developed the script and got pretty far with it, “said Gibson.” And one day he said to me, ‘Listen, kid, if I kick the bucket you will.’ And I said, ‘Shut up.’ He actually died. But he asked me to and I didn’t say anything at the time. He told his wife and the studio and the producer. So I’ll be directing the fifth film. “
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