Mel Gibson and Danny Glover ‘ready to go’ on Lethal Weapon 5

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are in talks to make a fifth Lethal Weapon film.During a recent interview for The Hollywood Reporter’s Producers Roundtable, producer Dan Lin confirmed that he and director Richard Donner are close to bringing Gibson and Glo…

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are in talks to make a fifth Lethal Weapon film.

During a recent interview for The Hollywood Reporter’s Producers Roundtable, producer Dan Lin confirmed that he and director Richard Donner are close to bringing Gibson and Glover’s characters, Detective Martin Riggs and Detective Roger Murtaugh, back to the big screen, 22 years after the release of the last movie.

“We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story is very personal to him,” he commented. “Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Donner directed all four films in the franchise, with the first Lethal Weapon released in 1987 and the last instalment of the buddy cop flicks unveiled in 1998.

Gibson previously indicated he’d be up for a return, and during a conversation on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America in 2017, commented: “You know, I went to see Dan the other night. He was doing a theatre production in L.A. of a play he made great (sic) 17 years ago, he reprised it. I went to see him with Donner… so we got to talking, so yeah, maybe.”

However, Donner shared during a chat on the Maitlin on Movies podcast in early 2018 that he doubted the project would move forward due to legal problems with the franchise’s studio, Warner Bros., noting negotiations with bosses had been “counter-productive”.

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Aladdin producer Dan Lin ‘didn’t expect’ backlash to Will Smith’s Genie

Dan Lin wasn’t prepared for the amount of backlash Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin received over Will Smith’s portrayal of the Genie.Robin Williams voiced the popular blue character in the 1992 cartoon version of the film, with Smith previously …

Dan Lin wasn’t prepared for the amount of backlash Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin received over Will Smith’s portrayal of the Genie.

Robin Williams voiced the popular blue character in the 1992 cartoon version of the film, with Smith previously admitting he was “terrified” to take on the iconic role. But when the first images of the new character were released earlier this year, fans were less than impressed that the Genie appeared different to before – as they struggled to accept the actor replacing Williams, who died in 2014.

“I’ll be honest, we did not expect the amount of backlash that we actually got,” the producer explained to ScreenRant. “I feel like it really became part of the popular culture, when we’re on the news with people talking about how the Genie looked. We never expected that kind of reaction. But, certainly, we expected some kind of backlash.”

Lin added that he’s still “trying to get a handle on” gauging people’s reactions online, reflecting: “Everything is under such critical scrutiny. I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on.”

The Guy Ritchie-directed flick, which also starred Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, was a box office smash hit, and in June became the highest-grossing movie of Smith’s career.

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Lilo & Stitch live-action remake in development

A live-action version of Lilo & Stitch is reportedly in development at Disney. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the original 2002 animated flick told the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopts a genetically engineered “dog”…

A live-action version of Lilo & Stitch is reportedly in development at Disney. 

Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the original 2002 animated flick told the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopts a genetically engineered “dog” called Stitch.

Lilo & Stitch, which featured the voices of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere and Ving Rhames, received positive reviews, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and garnered $273 million (£210 million) at the global box office. Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, bosses at Disney are now looking to remake the story.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce with co-producer Ryan Halprin, while Mike Van Waes is penning the script. No other details have been released and it is unclear whether studio executives intend to release the film in cinemas or via Disney’s planned streaming service that is set to launch in 2019.

Should the Lilo & Stitch project come to fruition it will mark the latest in a string of live-action remakes based on animated Disney classics.

In recent years, revamped takes on Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have been released, while Dumbo, The Lion King, Mulan and Aladdin are also in production.

Lin and Eirich worked as producers on Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, which features Billy Magnussen, Will Smith and Naomi Scott. The retelling of the 1992 movie is due to hit cinemas in May 2019.

Meanwhile, a live-action remake of 1955 animated movie Lady and the Tramp is also in production.

Directed by Charlie Bean from a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski, the voice cast will include Hollywood stars such as Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson.

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