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Popular movie Lethal Weapon is to be remade for TV. A pilot is initially being commissioned, but this will virtually guarantee a full series of hour-long episodes.
The show will be written by Chuck and Forever writer Matt Miller, who will team up again with Forever executive producer Dan Lin. Dan has previously produced big movies including Terminator Salvation, Sherlock Holmes and The Lego Movie.
The original producers, Richard Donner and Joel Silver, have given their approval of the reboot, although they are not actually involved with this production.
It is said to follow a similar storyline to the original movie.
The original Lethal Weapon movie from 1987 starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as mismatched LAPD detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. It has been described as a ‘comedic buddy cop action film’ and laid the foundations for similarly themed movies such as Rush Hour.
The premise of the first movie is that a police veteran and a young suicidal cop, who could be described as a “charismatic clown”, meet after both dealing with personally tragic circumstances; they both hate working in pairs but have to learn to work as a team to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
The successful movie was oscar nominated and led to three follow on movies being made (Lethal Weapon 2, 3 and 4)
Good lord, hasn't every buddy cop TV drama since 1987 been a version of "Lethal Weapon"…?
— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich) October 2, 2015
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will not be reprising their roles for the TV series, with casting yet to be announced.
Lethal Weapon is the latest in a growing frenzy of a list of reboots of movies going from the big screen to television. A total of over thirty movies are believed to be set for this transition! Other reboots to look out for include Rush Hour, Taken, The A Team and Uncle Buck.