Die Hard deservedly gets a lot of publicity as being a great Christmas movie, but Lethal Weapon has always ranked high on my Christmas movie list as well.
Believe it or not, but it has been 19 years since we last sat in a theater and listened to Danny Glover scream “Riggs!” repeatedly in a movie.
That may be changing in the near future as the possibility of a fifth Lethal Weapon appears to be getting closer to a reality.
In a recent Spocklight Star Trek pod cast, producer/director Richard Donner made his intentions about a new installment to the 30-year-old franchise clear.
“It’s a story I came up with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote (Lethal Weapon), and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel (Gibson) and Danny (Glover) are on board. If they don’t… if it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a good… a better chance that you’ll see the movie.”
By “Everybody” I assume Donner is referring to Rene Russo, Joe Pesci, Chris Rock and Richard Donner staple Steve Kahan (who has been in 12 Donner movies).
Even if Donner convinces the rest of the cast to jump on board (which a quick check on their imdb.com pages makes me think shouldn’t be overly difficult), will that be enough to convince the studio that that another Lethal Weapon sequel will turn a profit?
I guess we will soon find out.