There was a slight sense of dread when Fox announced their Lethal Weapon television series. When it comes to film to TV adaptations, shows like Fargo are the exception, not the rule. These adaptations rarely transcend their predecessor or take the story in a new direction, and Lethal Weapon does stumble in that regard. The pilot is, however, far from the misfire some people predicted after we saw the off-putting trailer for the show. Its quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to the jokes, but Lethal Weapon, for what it is, is just fine.
Below, read our Lethal Weapon Comic-Con reaction.
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This weekend you should be heading out to support the original dark comedy crime caper that is The Nice Guys. It’s the latest film from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, and it’s a refreshing summer flick with plenty of laughs, bullets, blood and 1970s flare. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make for an outstanding duo who deserve their own TV show. But while making the publicity rounds, Shane Black talked about another duo that he had a hand in creating back in 1987 in the action thriller Lethal Weapon.
More specifically, Shane Black revealed what his plan would have been for Lethal Weapon 5, and thankfully, it would not have been about Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) passing the torch to the next generation of cops who would eventually become too old for shit shit.. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon 5 story after the jump. Read More »
Movie studios aren’t the only ones obsessed with remaking anything and everything. Television networks have jumped on board the lack-of-creativity train and have been working on recycling plenty of movies for the small screen. FOX has no less than three different remakes coming for the upcoming 2016-2017 season and they come in the form of TV shows for Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist as well as a TV movie version of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Fox brings new shows based on The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon to series.
- Channel 4 announces a Philip K. Dick anthology series.
- Sean Harris is replaced on American Gods.
- FX orders a pilot script for a Sons of Anarchy spin-off.
- Jack O’Connell joins the cast of Netflix’s Godless.
- The new trailer for Orange is the New Black season 4 is here.
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The Lethal Weapon franchise will live on, except not to the big screen. While some fans would probably prefer to see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return their old roles, that’s not happening. There had been talks of another sequel or a possible remake, but the franchise is instead heading to Fox. Damon Wayans Sr. was recently cast in the pilot Fox ordered last fall. As for Martin Riggs, Clayne Crawford (Rectify) will star in Gibson’s old role.
Learn more about the Lethal Weapon TV series below.
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Undoubtedly, the new trend in network television is bringing back movies that have been around for years and retooling them as TV shows. Limitless and Minority Report have already made the jump, Training Day, Rush Hour and Cruel Intentions are on the way, and now one more is being thrown together at Fox.
The network has just ordered a TV pilot based on the classic action franchise Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and they already have Damon Wayans Sr. lined up to take the latter’s role as LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon TV series after the jump. Read More »
The Lethal Weapon film series has been dormant for almost two decades, with the 1998 release Lethal Weapon 4 standing as the final chapter… so far. The series really relied on the interplay between a young(ish) Mel Gibson and a slightly less young(ish) Danny Glover, and without one or both of those factors, well, it just wouldn’t be the same.
There have been rumors of a reboot, and talk of a revival (with Mel Gibson saying a firm “nope” to that) but now Lethal Weapon is the latest well-established film series going to television. A Lethal Weapon TV series pilot has been ordered at Fox, from writer Matt Miller (Forever). Naturally, there will be a few changes to the basic story, and we’ll run those down below. Read More »
Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis may be a relatively new talent in Hollywood (he also wrote American Ultra in theaters right now, and Victor Frankenstein coming next year), but he’s been around the industry his entire life. His father is filmmakier John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller.”
That means Landis always had a fascination and draw towards filmmaking, and he always seems to be cooking up ideas for movies, whether they’re original scripts, or just non-commissioned screenplays for properties that Landis wasn’t hired to write, such as his treatment for Ghostbusters 3 or his crazy-long script for a Super Mario Bros. movie. And now we have a Max Landis Lethal Weapon 5 pitch that sounds like it could actually work, even though it will likely never get made. Read More »