Fox Reviving Lethal Weapon As TV Show

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The only man registered as a lethal weapon in the LAPD and his partner are making a comeback, but not to theaters. Warner Bros. has finally acted on a long expected reboot of Lethal Weapon by commissioning a put-pilot with Fox… so you can now add that to the long list of movies being brought back to life as TV shows, which includes Limitless and Minority Report.

The man at the helm is Matt Miller, who put together Forever for ABC recently. Dan Lin of Sherlock Holmes and The LEGO Movie has been tapped to executive produce the show. Miller and Lin reunite after previously working together on Forever. Unfortunately for fans of the original franchise, neither director Richard Donner nor producer Joel Silver will be a part of the project. They have however expressed their consent of it.

Lethal Weapon is a classic in the buddy cop genre. In it, former Navy SEAL and current loose cannon cop Martin Riggs, originally played by Mel Gibson in the movie, is teamed up with recent heart attack survivor, Roger Murtaugh, previously portrayed by Danny Glover. Riggs’ reckless ways repeatedly put the duo in situations emerging from which Murtaugh is forced to say: “I’m too old for this s#!t.” Reports suggest the TV show will follow the basic premise of the hit movie franchise.

There is a lot on the line with transitioning Lethal Weapon to TV, given its iconic status not just within genre but in Hollywood movie lore. The franchise made a total of $835 million and the first movie in the series was one of the top grossing movies of 1987. The duo picked to reprise the roles of Riggs and Murtaugh will undergo special scrutiny.

The cast and premier dates for the show are yet to be announced.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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