Mel Gibson isn’t too old for this stuff. The 65-year-old said he’ll direct and star in the fifth installment of the Lethal Weapon series to prove it.
Gibson stunned fans with the news during an event in London on Saturday, The Sun said. He’ll likely start work on the sequel next year, 24 years after Lethal Weapon 4.
Richard Donner directed all of the previous movies in the series. He was developing the script for Lethal Weapon 5 when he died this summer. He was 91. Donner called Mel Gibson shortly before he died to ask for a favor.
“(Donner) was developing the screenplay, and he got pretty far along with it,” Gibson explained on Saturday. “And he said to me one day, ‘Listen, kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.’ And I said, ‘Shut up.’ But he did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it, and at the time I didn’t say anything. He said it to his wife, and the studio, and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one.”
Someone close to the actor told The Sun that he’ll also star in the movie. It’s unclear if Danny Glover, who plays Roger Murtaugh in the series, will return for the sequel.
The original Lethal Weapon made Mel Gibson a superstar. Critics and audiences loved him as the unstable and unpredictable Martin Riggs. And interest in the series is still there. Fox created a Lethal Weapon TV series in 2016. But the network canceled the show after the third season because of several off-camera issues with the cast.
Mel Gibson Tapped To Star In John Wick Prequel
Gibson scored several major roles this year. Last month, producers of the John Wick franchise announced he would star in a three-part prequel mini-series on Starz called The Continental.
The Continental is the name of the hotel for hitmen in the popular John Wick franchise. The Starz series will follow Winston Scott, played by Ian McShane in the film series, as he works his way up through the New York underworld to establish the hotel. The English actor said in April that he doesn’t want to appear in the prequel series, but he may narrate it.
This is the first time Mel Gibson has appeared in a TV series since 2004’s comedy Complete Strangers.
It was also recently announced that he will star in a fantasy adventure thriller called Boys of Summer. Young Mason Thames will co-star.
“Boys of Summer is a throwback story that conjures up the magic and nostalgia of childhood as its heroes fight monsters old and new,” director David Henrie told The Hollywood Reporter.
Gibson is currently filming Hot Seat with Chad Michael Murray.