Mel Gibson confirms that he will be directing and starring in the upcoming film Lethal Weapon 5

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    Mel Gibson has confirmed that he will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5.

    The 65-year-old performer made the big news about the project known to the public during an appearance at a special event that was held in London on Saturday evening.

    The upcoming film is expected to enter the production phase at an unspecified date in 2022.

    Dual roles: Mel Gibson has confirmed that he will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5; he is seen on Saturday evening

    Dual roles: Mel Gibson has confirmed that he will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5; he is seen on Saturday evening

    Gibson began his address by paying tribute to the filmmaker who had previously spearheaded the action-comedy franchise via The Sun.

    ‘The man who directed all the Lethal films, Richard Donner, he was a big guy,’ he expressed.

    The Mad Max star also recalled that the filmmaker had given him his blessing to continue the series in the future.

    He remarked that Donner ‘was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, “Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.” And I said: “Shut up.”‘

    Chosen: The Mad Max star also recalled that the filmmaker had given him his blessing to continue the series in the future; he is seen with Glover in 1989's Lethal Weapon 2

    Chosen: The Mad Max star also recalled that the filmmaker had given him his blessing to continue the series in the future; he is seen with Glover in 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2

    Gibson then noted that the filmmaker made a point of telling various individuals that the actor was more than capable of keeping the franchise going after his death.

    ‘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 to the studio and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one.’

    An insider also spoke to the media outlet and confirmed the news about the project for a second time.

    ‘As well as stepping up to direct Lethal Weapon 5 Mel is going to be starring in it,’ they said.

    Confident: Gibson then noted that the filmmaker made a point of telling various individuals that the actor was more than capable of keeping the franchise going after his death

    Confident: Gibson then noted that the filmmaker made a point of telling various individuals that the actor was more than capable of keeping the franchise going after his death

    They noted that Gibson’s would reprise his old character in the new film, which will have a comedic bent.

    ‘Fans of Riggs will be pleased to see him back on screen – older but not necessarily wiser,’ they said.

    The source went on to express that the actor’s longtime costar was being eyed to return to the series for its fifth installment.

    ‘It is hoped Danny Glover will come back to and reprise his role of Roger Murtaugh,’ they stated.

    Bringing them together: The source went on to express that the actor's longtime costar was being eyed to return to the series for its fifth installment

    Bringing them together: The source went on to express that the actor’s longtime costar was being eyed to return to the series for its fifth installment

    The original Lethal Weapon, which was written by Predator actor Shane Black, was released in 1987 and was met with much critical praise upon its debut.

    The feature went on to be put up for the Academy Award for Best Sound, although it lost to The Last Emperor. 

    A sequel to the film was released in 1989, and Joe Pesci notably joined the cast of the feature.

    The third installment in the franchise made its debut in 1992 and went on to become the highest-grossing entry in the series.

    Raking it in: The third installment in the franchise made its debut in 1992 and went on to become the highest-grossing entry in the series

    Raking it in: The third installment in the franchise made its debut in 1992 and went on to become the highest-grossing entry in the series

    The fourth Lethal Weapon movie was made available to the public in 1998 and notably starred Jet Li as its villain.

    A television series of the same name made its debut in 2016 and featured Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford as Murtaugh and Riggs, respectively.

    The show was renewed for two further seasons, and it eventually concluded in 2019.

    Development on a fifth film in the Lethal Weapon series began in the mid-2000s, when several attempts to get the project off the ground were made. 

    Hardcore: The fourth Lethal Weapon movie was made available to the public in 1998 and notably starred Jet Li as its villain

    Hardcore: The fourth Lethal Weapon movie was made available to the public in 1998 and notably starred Jet Li as its villain

    Last January, it was confirmed that both Gibson and Glover were being eyed to return to their roles for the new installment in the franchise. 

    Donner later announced that he would be working on the project and that he intended for it to be his final film.

    However, the filmmaker passed away this past July, which left the movie in limbo until Gibson took the director’s chair.

    A release date for the upcoming final Lethal Weapon feature has not been made available to the public as of yet. 

    Interested: Last January, it was confirmed that both Gibson and Glover were being eyed to return to their roles for the new installment in the franchise

    Interested: Last January, it was confirmed that both Gibson and Glover were being eyed to return to their roles for the new installment in the franchise

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