Warner Bros. Hires Cop-Turned-Writer to Pen Lethal Weapon Reboot
01.21.11 by BJSprecher
After more than a decade, Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh will once again be hitting the streets of L.A., but don't expect to see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the roles they made famous in four Lethal Weapon movies.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. (WB) has hired former L.A. homicide detective Will Beall to pen a new Lethal Weapon movie that will reboot the franchise with a new cast.
Beall, who spent years patrolling the mean streets of L.A. as a beat cop and anti-gang investigator with the 77th Division of the LAPD, is the author of the explosive crime novel L.A. Rex and wrote the screenplay for Gangster Squad, which is being adapted into a movie directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
WB had been toying around with the idea of making Lethal Weapon 5 for some time. The idea was to have the movie be a direct sequel to Lethal Weapon 4, even bringing in the original Lethal Weapon scribe, Shane Black, to write a treatment for the movie. But, after it proved too difficult to match up everyone's schedules—and because of Gibson's bad rep of late—WB decided to squash the project and reboot the franchise. Beall apparently pitched a take on the movie that maintained the edgy, R-rated, tone of the original.