Despite its well known brand, the Lethal Weapon TV series still faces a competitive market for next season that includes potential adaptations of The A-Team and Behind Enemy Lines on Fox, Training Day at CBS, with The Notebook and Friday the 13th at The CW. This week’s candidate, ripe for a remake? Names like Furious 7 director James Wan and Henry Winkler (who produced the original series) are already attached to the project, along with NCIS:LA producer Scott Gemmell. Just how it will add to the popular film franchise remains to be seen, with no suggestion that any of the original cast or crew will be back on board.
Like the films, the TV version will center on Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs who, following the loss of his wife and baby, moves to Los Angeles to start anew. Something tells us that’s not going to happen… The hit film franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover has been given a put-pilot commitment for a television reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter on October. 2. Chuck writer Matt Miller will write and co-executive produce the reboot. The series will come from Warner Bros.
Deadline reports that Lethal Weapon will have a similar plot to the 80s movie, which saw Gibson’s soldier-turned-LAPD Narcotics Sergeant Riggs partnered with Homicide Sergeant Murtaugh.
The original pic, directed by Richard Donner, spawned three sequels, released in 1989, 1992 and 1998.