Mel Gibson is set for a busy 2024, with plans to direct the fifth installment of the action-comedy franchise "Lethal Weapon" and the sequel to his award-winning biblical film "The Passion of the Christ."
"Lethal Weapon 5": A tribute to Richard Donner
Along with "Mad Max," "Lethal Weapon" played a key role in catapulting Gibson to international stardom in the 1980s.
The series follows the adventures of two Los Angeles police officers, played by Gibson and Danny Glover, who navigate changing situations with a powerful mix of humor and action. Both actors have been confirmed to reprise their iconic roles in the upcoming fifth film.
Gibson confirmed his involvement in "Lethal Weapon 5" in November 2021, expressing his desire to honor the series' original director, Richard Donner, who passed away in July of the same year. Donner helmed all four films released between 1987 and 1998 and was planning to direct a fifth installment before his death.
Donner's legacy lives on through his contribution to the script for "Lethal Weapon 5." Jez Butterworth, the acclaimed screenwriter completed the latest draft, based on Donner's original ideas.
Continuation of "The Passion of the Christ" in development
In addition to Lethal Weapon 5, Gibson is also actively working on the sequel to his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.
The first film, which depicted the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ, was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $612 million worldwide. Details about the sequel are scarce, but it is expected to focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Gibson has confirmed his involvement as both director and co-writer, along with Randall Wallace, who also co-wrote the original film. With two big projects on the horizon, 2024 promises to be a busy year for Mel Gibson. Both "Lethal Weapon 5" and the sequel "The Passion of the Christ" are highly anticipated, with fans eagerly awaiting further details on their development and release.