Lethal Weapon 5: Mel Gibson ‘could eventually direct sequel after Richard Donner’s death’

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Earlier this month, Hollywood lost one of its greats when Richard Donner died at the age of 91. The film director has helmed such classics as Superman, The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. There had been talk of a Lethal Weapon 5 directed by Donner for years, but after news of his death, it seemed like the odds were up.

But now The Goonies star Corey Feldman has said how he recently caught up with Mel Gibson to reflect on Donner’s legacy.

Speaking to MovieWeb, the Goonies actor said: “One of the things Mel said to me because we started talking about Lethal Weapon 5 vs. Goonies 2 and that whole debacle.

“And I said I knew there was no way he could have made it to Lethal 5. Because, you know, he just didn’t have it in him.

“You can’t look at seven monitors at once and shoot seven cameras during these action scenes and see every detail of everything when you’re 91 years old.”

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Lethal Weapon 5: Mel Gibson ‘could eventually direct sequel after Richard Donner’s death’ (Image: GETTY)

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover with Richard Donner (Image: GETTY)


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Feldman continued: “There is a lot of pressure… God bless him, he was motivated and without a doubt he would have appeared on set and given his best. But I knew it was a lot to ask of a 91-year-old man.”

Interestingly, Gibson brought up that people had suggested that he direct Lethal Weapon 5 instead of Donner.

Feldman added: “So, Mel says to me, ‘Well, you know, people have been saying maybe I should just direct it.’

‘And I said, ‘You must! That would be great.’ So who knows. The point was that this might encourage Mel to take the helm and direct Lethal Weapon 5.

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Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon 2 (Image: GETTY)

Gibson, who plays LAPD agent Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon films, provided an update on the fifth film earlier in November, claiming it was coming.

Speak with GMA at that point, the 65-year-old said: “Absolutely. The man who was behind all that, the man who brought it to the screen and gave it the goodies, is now working on it, Richard Donner. He’s a legend.”

Although the director has since passed away, his fingerprints and ideas would no doubt be seen all over the final product.

After all, he told in December 2020 The Telegraph: “This is the last. It is both my privilege and my duty to put it to bed. It’s actually quite exciting… Hahaha! It’s the last, I promise you.”

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In addition, Lethal Weapon 5 producer Dan Lin told: The Hollywood Reporter early 2020: “We are trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie.

“And Dick Donner is coming back. The original cast returns. And it’s just great.

“The story is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

The last movie in the buddy cop series to be released was 1998’s Lethal Weapon 4, while the original was cinema hits in 1987.

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