Hollywood remakes and reboots are nothing new. It’s been happening since the very early years of film, so the outrage over properties being retooled and redone has never really bothered me. But as a big fan of the original Lethal Weapon series, most would think I’d be aggravated and outraged by the news that Warner Bros. is looking at relaunching the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starring series. Honestly though, I’m actually kind of excited about it. The new film has been in the works for sometime now, beginning when Lethal Weapon 5 finally fell off the tracks for good, and wouldn’t be happening. Now, The Tracking Board reports that not only is the reboot moving full steam ahead, but it may have found its star in Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth, and its director in Justin Lin, best known for his work on the latest films in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
While not much is known about the film at this time, it sounds like it’ll be part sequel, and part reboot, focusing on Martin Riggs’ son, who is trying to join the police force and pick up his father’s mantle. Martin Riggs was played by Mel Gibson in the first four films in the series, so it’ll be interesting to see if Gibson will be back in some sort of capacity, and I definitely don’t think it’ll be off the table. The script is being penned by Will Beall, with input from the series’ original creator, Shane Black.
This shouldn’t be terribly surprising news, but it’s good to see that the franchise isn’t dead yet. Even better is that they’re using the original series as a launching point, and this could be more sequel than reboot. I just hope that Lin’s skills, and a solid script, that they can get past the negativity surrounding such sacred ground, and bring us a fresh, and entertaining, new film. Hemsworth is definitely on a roll lately with his career, and he has what it takes to be a big action star, and the idea of him as Gibson’s son doesn’t seem that farfetched. I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of this film, and I hope that Lin can add the spark of fun and action to this series that he added to The Fast and the Furious over the last decade.
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