It was not a joke, it seems that it was serious and not a rumor, and I do not think that the Marvel directors have laughed. When after many refusals they tried to convince Robert Downey Jr. to make another movie playing Tony Stark, or Iron Man, when the actor from Chaplin he didn’t want to know anything, he surprised everyone.
In an interview with Deadline, Downey Jr. said he would accept a Iron man 4 only if I directed it Mel Gibson.
Not only that did not happen, even though both actors maintain an unbreakable friendship for more than three decades, which was born when they starred Air America (1990). Both had problems with alcohol or drugs, and have defended each other.
Mel GIbson and Danny Glover: Riggs and Murtaugh in the first “Deadly Weapon”. Photo Clarín Archive
Now Gibson is going to direct a “tank” movie, but not with Downey Jr., and certainly not for Marvel Studios. You will perform and co-star in the fifth of Deadly weapon.
Goodbye, and back
It had been more than twenty years since he had said goodbye to Martin Riggs, the Los Angeles police detective whom he and Roger Murtaugh (Danny glover) we have seen in four movies.
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson starred in the last “Mortal Weapon” movie in 1998. Photo Archive Clarín
The first Lethal Weapon premiered in 1987, giving a boost to Gibson’s Hollywood careers, screenwriter Shane Black, and the crossover action-comedy format of two mismatched cops (and not because one was white and the other black). Three more sequels followed in 1989, 1992 and 1998. And there were even a tv series, which served as a prequel, between 2016 and 2019, with Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans in the roles of Gibson and Young Glover.
In truth, this fifth film has been in development for several years, with Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) writing the latest version of the script that is known. Richard Donner, who directed and produced the four Deadly weapon was developing the project. Donner, also director of The goonies, Superman and Maverick, died on July 5 of this year, at the age of 91.
Historical. Richard Donner, director of “Superman” and “The Goonies”, gives directions in the first “Deadly Weapon” to Gibson. Photo Clarín Archive
Donner’s widow, Lauren Schuler Donner, will produce the film.
It was during an event in London on Sunday, November 14, that Gibson said in passing that he would take over directing the film, fulfilling the late director’s wishes.
Mel GIbson as the crazed Los Angeles detective. He won an Oscar for best director for “Brave Heart.” Photo Clarín Archive
“He was developing the script and he did it quite well. And one day he told me ‘Listen to me, if something happens to me, you’re going to take care of it.’ And I told him: ‘Shut up,’ “said Gibson according to the newspaper. The Sun, which covered the event. “She actually passed away, but she asked me to direct her and, at the time, I didn’t say anything. He told his wife, the studio and the producer. And I’ll be directing the fifth (movie) “.
Just in case, the English title of the project predicts that it will be the last. It is Lethal finale.
Chris Rock, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Jet Li and Mel Gibson at the “Lethal Weapon 4” premiere in Hollywood. Photo Clarín Archive
Gibson is already 65 years old, and Danny Glover, ten years older (75). Gibson won two Oscars for Brave Heart, as producer of the film that took the statuette, and the best director. He made his directorial debut with The faceless man, then I would Brave Heart, Passion of Christ, Apocalypto and To a man (2016), for which he was once again a candidate for the Oscar as best director.
Has in pre-production The Passion of Christ: Resurrection, scheduled to shoot in 2022. It remains to be seen if the new Deadly weapon does not disrupt plans.
Reference from clarin