Fox has handed out a hefty put pilot commitment to Lethal Weapon, a TV reboot of the feature film series of the same name which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, TVWise has learned.
First released in 1987, Lethal Weapon is a buddy-cop drama which starred Mel Gibson as the volatile former special forces soldier turned Narcotics Sergeant Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Sergeant Roger Murtaugh, who is close to retirement. Lethal Weapon was a smash hit, spawning three sequels between 1989 – 1998 and immortalised the phrase “I’m too old for this shit”.
The TV series is retaining the set up of the first film, though is being updated for modern times. It will follow former Navy SEAL and Texas PD Detective Martin Riggs, who, following the loss of his wife and baby, moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
Forever scribe Matt Miller is penning the reboot, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television (Warner Bros. Pictures produced the original feature). In addition to penning the pilot script, Miller will also executive produce through his Good Session Prods banner. Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz of Lin’s Lin Pictures will also serve as executive producers on Lethal Weapon.
This is the latest feature film to TV series project to land at one of the networks this development cycle. It follows in the footsteps of In The Line Of Fire and Taken, both of which are in the works at NBC; while at Fox its joins Urban Cowboy on the network’s development slate for 2015-2016, The network has already launched one feature film reboot in Minority Report, while their second, Rush Hour, is set to premiere later this year.