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‘Chronicle’ Writer Has Lethal Weapon 5 Idea

lethalweaponIt’s been a while since we’ve heard Lethal Weapon 5 talk, I believe the last word, years ago, was when Richard Donner remarked that a fifth movie was supposed to involve Riggs and Murtaugh in a movie where they destroy half a town in an RV, or something.

The writer of Chronicle (and currently promoting American Ultra), Max Landis, has a new idea for a fifth movie though.  In a recent interview with Grantland, while discussing that new film American Ultra, the conversation with Landis and director Nima Nourizadeh quickly turned towards how to go about a new adventure between Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). To which Landis quickly gave his pitch:

The final Lethal Weapon, if I have to pocket-pitch it right now, is Murtaugh and Riggs are asked to work with a group of, like, four cops who are younger, who were all involved in an action movie that we didn’t see. You hear the report, and it sounds like a Lethal Weapon movie: ‘They drove a school bus off of an oil rig?’ Then Murtaugh and Riggs are assigned to take them on like an Outward Bound program and try to teach them to be better cops and respect authority. Then it turns out the villain from the action movies that we missed is coming to kill them. Murtaugh and Riggs in the woods for the first time in any of the movies, with four characters we really like, do a slasher movie.

I hate to be a negative ninny here, but isn’t the ‘young blood’ thing something we rightly did not like for The Expendables 3?  I mean I dunno, maybe if they killed the four in question off very quickly.  Has this type of thing ever worked?  Maybe in the first Dirty Harry sequel, when the young guys were vigilantes…


  1. Andymovieman

    August 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Get Shane black to write and direct the movie if you can’t get richard Donner. Shane wrote the first two and knows what Riggs and Murtaugh needs for lethal weapon 5. He’s already doing a sequel to predator that connects with the first one so give him credit and plus he’s good at making buddy cop films.

  2. Mainline DnB

    August 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    That is one of the worst pitches for any film i’ve ever heard. That literally sounds like someone who has never watched any of the films and only knows Riggs & Murtaugh through brief clips on YouTube. Christ.

  3. Mainline DnB

    August 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    “Murtaugh and Riggs in the woods for the first time in any of the movies…..”

    Because that’s what’s been wrong with the LW series this whole time. FINALLY we get to see these two L.A cops in the woods!!!!!!!!!

    • Mucho Macho

      August 24, 2015 at 12:03 am

      We get Jason & Boom!!.

  4. Serbius

    August 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I didn’t understand a crap about this pitch. lame pitch landis, really lame.

  5. Mucho Macho

    August 24, 2015 at 12:02 am

    in a lot of sitcoms after a number of years they always bring a new kid out of nowhere..& in action movies now they bring newbies to partner up with the real stars.
    Fuck them all!

  6. Mucho Macho

    August 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

    This Pitch equals Bitch

  7. Lt_Cobretti

    August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Sounds very un-Lethal Weapon, and the kids should turn out to be crooks and Riggs and Murtaugh should kill the shit out of them.

    Btw that’s what I hoping happens in EX4 if it ever gets made.