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Lethal Finale

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Lethal Finale
Directed byRichard Donner
Written byChanning Gibson
  • Mel Gibson
  • Danny Glover
Distributed byWarner Bros.
CountryUnited States

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Lethal Finale is an upcoming American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Richard Donner, written by Channing Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. It will be the fifth and final installment of the Lethal Weapon film series. Since the release of Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998, talks about a potential fifth Lethal Weapon film took place, but Gibson and Glover expressed a lack of interest in the project, leading Warner Bros. Pictures to consider a reboot before focusing on the television series which aired at Fox from 2016 to 2019. However, the idea of a fifth film was revived in late 2017, after Donner convinced Gibson and Glover for returning.


  • Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs
  • Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh


In 2007, Moviehole.net received word from sources that Warner Bros. was in the early stages of trying to relaunch the Lethal Weapon film series sometime in 2009 or later, with Richard Donner, the director of the first four films, attached to direct but only if Mel Gibson agreed to return.[1] A spec script treatment was written by Shane Black, who wrote the first Lethal Weapon film, and producer Joel Silver was contacted by Black to convince the studio from making the film.[2] While promoting his film Quarantine in October 2008, actor Columbus Short said he was being considered for a role in Lethal Weapon 5.[3] Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner then stated that the project was cancelled after Mel Gibson and Danny Glover refused to reprise their roles. He mentioned to have conceived a great story for a fifth film alongside Lethal Weapon 4 writer Channing Gibson, series production designer J. Michael Riva and producer Derek Hoffman, but Warner instead focused on the pitch presented by Black and Silver.[4] Silver later confirmed the cancellation of the project and reaffirmed Donner's claims about Gibson's lack of interest in reprising his role.[5] According to Black in 2016, his script featured an older Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater soldiers from Afghanistan that was smuggling antiquities, with a younger character appearing as well to counter-point them.[6]

In early 2014, it was reported by The Tracking Board that Warner Bros was planning to reboot the film series with the working title Lionhunters, with Justin Lin directing, Will Beall writing, Black involved in some capacity and Chris Hemsworth on the producers' radar for the starring role, though some reports indicated that the new film would still be a continuation of the first four films, presumably featuring the son of either Riggs or Murtaugh trying to join the police force.[7] In August 2015, screenwriter Max Landis expressed interest on pitching his own idea for Lethal Weapon 5 to Warner Bros.[8] Ultimately, the movie reboot starring Hemsworth was put on hold in favor of a television series.[9] The television series aired on FOX from 2016 to 2019.[10]

In October 2017, Deadline Hollywood reported that Donner, Gibson and Glover were discussing the possibility of making another Lethal Weapon film.[11] In December 2017, Donner confirmed in an interview on the Spocklight podcast that Gibson and Glover had agreed to return as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh respectively for a fifth and final time, expressing his hopes of making the film, also stating that he had hired Channing Gibson to write the script again after penning the fourth film.[12] Two months later, Donner revealed that while the film's official title would be Lethal Finale and that it would end the series on an emotional note, yet he expressed doubts that the film would ever be made due Warner Bros.'s new management.[13] In January 2020, Lethal Finale was confirmed to be in active development, with Gibson and Glover confirmed to return, and Donner returning to direct.[14] This will be Donner's first film as director since the release of 16 Blocks in 2006.[lower-alpha 1]

In July 2020, Glover told Variety that a script for a fifth Lethal Weapon had been written back in January and that he loves it, though he is unsure if the script has been altered due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As far Glover recalls, the story of the film will deal with the political and economical framework of today, hinting a possible connection with the recent George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement.[15]


  1. Not counting Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, a director's cut made by Richard Donner for his classic film Superman II.


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  2. "Gibson and Glover Up for Lethal Weapon 5?". ComingSoon.net. August 6, 2008. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
  3. Vejvoda, Jim (October 6, 2008). "Lethal Weapon 5 Exclusive". IGN. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved October 27, 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Boucher, Geoff (October 13, 2008). "Richard Donner says 'Lethal Weapon 5' is 'dead in the water'". Los Angeles Times blog. Archived from the original on 2008-11-01. Retrieved October 27, 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Douglas, Edward (November 9, 2008). "Joel Silver & Susan Downey on Sgt. Rock & More". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
  6. Guidry, Ken (May 2, 2016). "Shane Black Talks More 'Predator' Details, Defending Mel Gibson, 'Lethal Weapon 5' & More". ThePlaylist.net. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  7. Barnes, Madison (May 8, 2014). "{TB EXCLUSIVE} CHRIS HEMSWORTH OFFERED A "LETHAL WEAPON" IN FRANCHISE REBOOT". The Tracking Board. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  8. Anderton, Ethan (August 23, 2015). "Max Landis Pitches His Idea for 'Lethal Weapon 5'". /Film. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2020). "'The Exorcist', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Making History', 'Pitch', 'The Mick' & 'APB' Get Fox Series Orders". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  10. Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2019). "'Lethal Weapon' Canceled By Fox After 3 Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  11. "'Lethal Weapon' 5? Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Dick Donner Exploring It At Warner Bros". Deadline Hollywood. October 27, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  12. Cotter, Padraig (December 8, 2017). "Lethal Weapon 5 is Close to Happening, Says Director". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  13. "Donner Reveals Lethal Weapon 5 Title But is Doubtful It Will Happen". ComingSoon.net. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  14. Hein, Michael (January 29, 2020). "'Lethal Weapon 5': Mel Gibson and Danny Glover Set to Return". PopCulture.com. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  15. Vivarelli, Nick (July 2, 2020). "Danny Glover on George Floyd and Possibly Reviving 'Lethal Weapon' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2020.

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