A Lethal Weapon television series is on its way thanks to Fox and Warner Bros. TV. The two companies have wrapped up negotiations for a one-hour action-comedy series pilot based on the hit movie franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Damon Wayans Sr., known for early 2000s comedy series My Wife and Kids and films such as Blankman and Major Payne, has been cast as Roger Murtaugh, the role played by Glover in the film series. The role of Martin Riggs, the character originally played by Gibson, is yet to be filled.
Matt Miller, former Chuck executive producer and creator of Forever, has penned the adaptation, which is set to follow the basic premise of the buddy action-comedy franchise.
The series will tell of Riggs, a Texas cop and former Navy SEAL who moves to L.A. after he loses his wife and baby. Planning to start anew, Riggs moves into the LAPD and is partnered with Murtaugh (Wayans), a detective who is told he must avoid all stress after suffering a “minor” heart attack.
The pilot is to be directed by McG, the Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Terminator Salvation helmer who previously worked alongside Miller executive producing Chuck.
If Fox and Warner Bros. are happy with what materialises here, we can expect a series to be greenlit pretty quickly. For now, the question surrounds which actor will be cast as Riggs.
We’ll keep you informed.