Yes, a “Lethal Weapon” TV series is finally happening and it’s kicking into high gear as we speak!
Do you remember “Lethal Weapon”? It’s a 1987 American buddy cop action film which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives, and Mitchell Ryan and Gary Busey as their primary adversaries.
The film was a critical and commercial success, and resulted in 3 sequels: “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989), “Lethal Weapon 3” (1992) and “Lethal Weapon 4” (1998), which grossed a combined USD835 million worldwide.
In January 2011, Warner Bros. announced plans to reboot the Lethal Weapon franchise without Gibson and Glover. The new franchise would feature the same characters but a brand new cast. Following a prolonged dealmaking process and a bidding war sometime back in October last year, Fox has now ordered the pilot episode of the new show.
They’ve also settled on “In Living Color” star Damon Wayans Sr. to play straitlaced veteran homicide detective sergeant Roger Murtaugh.
The official synopsis for the “Lethal Weapon” TV series is as follows:
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
Fox’s reboot hails from Matt Miller (“Chuck”, “Forever”), who will executive produce via his WBTV-based Good Session banner. Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin (“The Lego Movie”) and Jennifer Gwartz will also executive produce.
Now, the golden question is, who’s going to play “loose cannon” Martin Riggs, the character that was previously played by Mel Gibson? Who do you think should take on the role?
Feel free to discuss that in the comments box below!