Richard Donner On Lethal Weapon 5
Director reveals what could have been...
In the upcoming issue of Empire, there's something very, very special for all of you Lethal Weapon fans out there. We brought together Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and director Richard Donner for a Lethal Weapon reunion to mark the first film's 25th anniversary. The result was one hell of a photoshoot, which saw Gibson rock up in a white Smart car and Glover sporting a natty pair of Five Fingers shoes.All the pictures and full interview can be found in the magazine - on shelves this Thursday, March 29 - but just to give you a taste of what's inside, here are a few quotes that should whet your appetite. Namely, Richard Donner and Mel Gibson talking about what might have been with Lethal Weapon 5:
Empire: "Were there any sequel ideas that didn't come to pass?"
Donner: Lots. There was a fifth one that I would have loved to have made. Shane Black wrote another treatment, which I never saw...
Gibson: I saw it. I saw everything.
Donner: Oh. But we had a totally different story. The two crazies decide to cool their lives, but it's impossible for them to stay out of situations. It starts with Riggs and Murtaugh out in the country in a motorhome. They're on a trip and they stop to get gas, but Roger forgets to put the brake on. So the motorhome rolls through a village, annihilating everything, and they get in serious trouble. It had a lot of heart, a lot of family. Rene (Russo, who played Lorna Cole), Darlene (Love, who played Trish Murtaugh), they would all have come back.
So what do you reckon? Is this the sort of Lethal Weapon movie you'd have paid to see in the cinemas - or was the fourth in the franchise the right time to call it a day? Let us know in the comment box below, and don't forget, you can subscribe to Empire here and check out the mag itself come Thursday.