Are we getting too old for Lethal Weapon‘s sh*t? Fox doesn’t think so, and they’re prepping a pilot with some notable names for this (potential) TV adaptation.
It’s not exactly breaking news that a small screen Lethal Weapon was in the incubator, but news that a pilot order has been reached is an encouraging sign. Oh, also they cast Roger Murtaugh for this TV offering. Who will take on Danny Glover’s role? Damon Wayans Sr. has been revealed as our new/bonus Murtaugh. It’s a gig that will (provided the series gets picked up) have Damon back as a cast member on a Fox show for the third time, following previous network stints on In Living Color and Damon. The dude tasked with taking over for Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs has yet to be cast, or it might be cast and just hasn’t been revealed yet. TV Pilots: Feel The Electricity!
According to Deadline, the TV version of the series won’t be super unfamiliar to fans of the four flick deep film series. Here’s the description Deadline has of what’s being cooked up for the latest offering from under the Lethal Weapon umbrella:
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he is partnered with LAPD detective Murtaugh (Wayans), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid stress in his life.
No huge curveballs there. If there’s a rapping alpaca or if Riggs is inexplicably a vampire, those details are not being made to public just yet. Probably because those things are silly and are incredibly unlikely to pop up in the series.
McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is attached to direct the Lethal Weapon pilot. Chuck has shown that McG has seen success as a pilot helmer before, although he also directed the pilot of The Mysteries of Laura so *makes either/or hand gesture*. Forever showrunner/veteran Chuck writer/producer Matt Miller will be serving as showrunner. Odds are this Fox offering will not be sharing It’s Always Sunny‘s philosophy on how to navigate the series.