Following an attempted big-screen reboot that never seemed to get off the ground comes word that Fox has ordered a television pilot for a new Lethal Weapon TV series that would reboot the story of detectives Riggs and Murtaugh (played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the film series), with Damon Wayans the first to sign on as Murtaugh.
As of now they're calling it a one-hour drama, and the synopsis [via The Wrap] reads almost identical to the movie:
"When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he 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."
No word yet on who they'll get to play Riggs or whether the pilot will be similar to the original Lethal Weapon movie, written by Shane Black. But one thing it has going for it is director McG (Terminator Salvation), who'll helm the pilot. The big question we have is how they'll transform the R-rated Lethal Weapon brand into one for network television without diluting what made the movies so great. A similar attempt was made with a Beverly Hills Cop TV show, but that never made it to air.
What do you think? Is Lethal Weapon better off as a television show or should they attempt a big-screen reboot?