Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Offered Lead in LETHAL WEAPON Reboot; Justin Lin Attached to Direct [Updated with a Comment from Lin Himself]

     May 8, 2014


Since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are now literally too old for this shit, it looks like Warner Bros. is aiming to reboot the Lethal Weapon franchise, and hire someone who is not too old for said shit.  According to The Tracking Board, Chris Hemsworth has been offered the lead in a Lethal Weapon reboot directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).  The script centers on “the desires of an older cop’s son (presumably Riggs’) and his wishes to join the police force.”  This plot would leave the door open to connect the reboot with the originals, which could allow Gibson and/or Glover to have cameo or supporting roles.

Hit the jump for more.  [We've updated the story with a word from Lin himself after the jump.]

[Update: Here's what Lin had to say via Twitter:

Justin Lin ‏@trailingjohnson  Just got back to the states and saw that I'm directing Lethal Weapon and Fast7. Did I just land in an alternate universe?

So, needless to say, this rumor is likely just that, a rumor.]

The Tracking Board also reports that Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black has had input into the reboot, which is being written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad).

It’s important to note that just because Hemsworth has been offered the role, that doesn’t mean he’s going to take it.  The actor definitely likes to stay busy, and he has three movies set for next year: Michael Mann‘s Cyber, Ron Howard‘s Heart of the Sea, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

As for Lin, he’s got plenty of options.  He’s directing The Bourne Legacy sequel, he’s attached to direct the crime thriller Times Square, and he could direct the action-adventure Toymageddon or even a Community movie (that last one is a bit of a long shot).

Personally, while I don’t mind a new Lethal Weapon movie, I’m not sure how you keep it feeling fresh.  Part of what made the original so exciting was not only the electric script (I doubt a blockbuster today would have a scene where the hero puts a gun in his mouth), but also the unique chemistry between Gibson and Glover, which isn’t easily replicated.  It can be done in broad strokes–the wild card and the curmudgeon–but those actors clicked in a surprising and fun way.

However, this project sounds like it’s far from the fast track, so we shouldn’t be worrying about who they’re going to be casting opposite Hemsworth when he hasn’t even signed on.


  • Person

    Will Beall? The brilliant scribe behind that legendary picture called Gangster Squad and the Justice League script that was so good WB threw it out because it was just too amazing to be made into a movie? I have total faith in this Lethal Weapon reboot.

  • axalon

    Say no Chris!

  • Steven

    Chris Hemsworth but replacing Gibson makes no sense. Nothing against Hemsworth but no thanks.

    There is certain films that have no business being rebooted. Mainly because the original films worked not because of the plot/script (which were great btw) but because the performances of those specific actors can’t be replicated. This is one of them.

  • The Flobbit

    Chris Hemsworth is a fine actor, but he is not right for the role. Mel Gibson had an EDGE about him; a rawness that suggested he could snap at any time. Chris Hemsworth is just a big, charming brute (and I mean that in the best way).

    Lethal Weapon is fine where it is. Don’t you dare touch it.

    • eternalozzie

      Gibson’s edge to the character who was crazy was that Gibson himself turned out to be actually crazy.

      • DEADP00L

        Which was awesome to behold and still is.

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  • The Flobbit

    In other news, they approached Danny Glover for co-starring in a spinoff film about Murtaugh’s son (played by Michael B. Jordan), joining the LAPD, who is partnered to a cocky, loose cop (played by Miles Teller). He refused. He was too old for this shit.

  • alk

    Is Justin Lin behind all these damn reboots of classic 80s movies? FUCK YOU. You get lucky and make a boatload of cash on an overrated piece of crap like Fast and the Furious..and suddenly you think you’re god or something. GTFO HACK.
    “Lethal Weapon” doesn’t need the reboot/connecting to new generation treatment. If people want to watch it, they have the original superior 4 to watch and enjoy. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover cannot be replaced or outmatched in a reboot. Seriously, I will boycott and protest that asshat director.

    • JBug

      Justin Lin isn’t so bad.

    • 80sRobot

      Nah, Lin is just a hired gun, taking the job because it’s lucrative.

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  • THXeleven37

    No No No and especially NO with Will Beall writing the script.

  • Lee S.

    Pretty Thin, huh?

  • Royale With Cheese

    Hahaha….why not?

  • Mike Smith

    Every other movie from the 80′s has been remade. Why not the Lethal Weapon franchise. They should have the Asian guy from The Hangover revive Joe Pesci’s role.

    • eternalozzie

      you mean Ken Jeong who is hilarious?

    • Batt Damon

      I would watch the fuck out of that. Jeong worked with Lin on Community so there’s actually a chance something like that could happen.

  • cbtaylo

    Who would he team with? Michael B Jordan

    • Steven

      As long as it isn’t Kevin Hart, I’ll sleep easier.

  • DNAsplitter

    That actually sounds like a good combo. Lin’s directing is become better w each film he’s done and w Shane Black onboard to help spearhead the project then I’m sure the tone will be close to the original (and first sequel which is the best in the series IMO). And Hemsworth is a good replacement for Mel Gibson.

  • James

    I hope he doesn’t accept. He’s better than another POS remake.

  • Jamesy

    Denzel Washingston and Sharlto Copley, could be cool.

  • frady

    It should be both a Leathal Weapon remake and a Rush sequel at the same time, simply because Daniel Bruhl needs to be in more movies. James Hunt and Niki Lauda would be an awesome buddy cop team (they’d at least outdrive the shit outta the bad guys)

  • tarek

    I will reboot my day to erase this news from my memory.

    • DEADP00L

      I’m using that reboot button!

  • JBug

    I liked the version they did on It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia

  • M&M

    Why the F is this happening???

    • Kirsten

      Is there any point of even asking this question anymore? It feels like copy and paste on practically every film in development of the past two years.

  • Raptor Jesus

    Gangster Squad was a failed movie, commercially and artistically.

    So the writer gets a huge assignment. Failing up…. it’s the Hollywood way.

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  • Vos_L

    Jesus, someone tell Hollywood that every freaking movie or show from the last 30 years does NOT need a reboot, lol.

  • DEADP00L

    No. Just no.

  • somejackball

    why do we need a reboot of Lethal Weapon?? those movies are perfect on their own!

  • Batt Damon

    I love Lethal Weapon, I think Hemsworth is fantastic and Lin is a pretty damn good director. The fact that Shane Black in consulting gives me a lot of faith. But for the love of god Warner Brothers needs to fire Will Beall and get a decent writer to replace him.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    They need to reboot Hollywood.
    CTRL ALT DEL isn’t it?

    Perhaps just DEL will do.

  • igns

    Actually Matt, Rango (although she isn’t exactly the hero)

  • igns

    Actually Matt, Rango (although she isn’t exactly the hero)

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  • Otis Bundle

    Lethal Weapon reboot? Ugh. C’mon, Hollywood! Really?

  • Joey Colton

    I rather see channing tatum as rigs son & perhaps Rihanna as rogers grand daughter with riggs as captain.

  • James E. Fleetwood

    Chris Pine, Channing Tatum and Jessie Martin form law-n-order Idris Alba new LW reboot…
    2 out of the 4.. this movie will be awesome

  • solo99g

    It’s fairly simple: Bring back Chris Rock as “Butters” since he is married to Murtaugh’s daughter. The new “Mel replacement” should be cast as the child of Riggs and Lorna…A rookie who idolizes his now deceased father Martin Riggs. He is a loose cannon and want to be hero emulating his father’s loose cannon style. Butters finds himself saddled with the junior Riggs as a partner and teaches him the ropes through the 1st half of the story, Roger (Danny G.) gets a call from Butters to get advice on how to deal with the .junior Riggs and is notified of the case they are working on. Lorna, having killed a pawn in the human trafficking trade is now a defense lawyer, asks her son to investigate another “pawn” in her efforts to ease her guilt over the killing of a previous minor player to get to the orchestrator or kingpin of this sex trafficking ring and Butters becomes a player. Despite Trish’s pleas to not get involved, he secretly goes back to California (previously spending his time relaxing on an exotic beach). The drama plays out, with Roger appearing only Briefly to influence the action in Butters’ favor, then he and the junior Riggs deal with the immediate threat. In comes Idris Elba as the new supporting role, as Butters concedes to Reanne’s plea to retire and the Junior Riggs emerges as the veteran and interjects his loose cannon tactics to Idris to complete the saga. Butters retires, and leaves the franchise in the hands of the new lead and Idris. The Riggs replacement actor must be dynamic, with comedic qualities so that he can lead the franchise forward…Lethal Weapon 5.

  • solo99g

    The Riggs replacement must share qualities exhibited by both Mel and Russo.

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