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.