Shane Black Shares His Thoughts on That ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Series

By May 16, 2016

Maybe out of all of the announced TV series reboots and remakes, the one that has made me the most angry over the past few months, has been Fox’s already-ordered Lethal Weapon tv series, which is set to reimagine the classic, awesome and beloved action franchise in a long-form format with a okay (at best) cast.

Suffice to say, judging by the reactions and comments I’ve read over the past few months about the project as well, it looks like I’m not the only one upset by the series either. Turns out, the man we have to thank for the original films in the first place even isn’t all that excited for the series too.

While recently speaking with Cinema Blend, Shane Black, who wrote Lethal Weapon and has The Nice Guys set to come out later this week, shared his thoughts on the TV series, and he’s basically saying what we’re all thinking about it:

“I wish them well. I have no interest in it. I don’t see it being particularly edgy as a TV show. I think it will be more comedy and that doesn’t interest me. That said, I like the guy who is doing it. I think he is funny. Maybe it will succeed as television. I wish them well. It’s just not the kind of thing I’d want to be involved in.”

It’s historically well known in the film community that Lethal Weapon was the first screenplay that Black ever sold in Hollywood, making a notable $250,000 deal for the script at the time. While he wasn’t all that involved in the following films and sequels in the franchise (he does have a “story by” credit on Lethal Weapon 2) as well, what made the original Lethal Weapon so good was that it both reinvented and perfected the buddy cop comedy.

In the decades since the film’s release as well, there have been countless imitations, both good and bad, of the film and its tone/characters as well, though none have quite been able to reach the same heights as Lethal Weapon did. I think my biggest fear, and Black sort of nails it right on the head here as well, is not that the Lethal Weapon TV series will be a cash grab (obviously it will be), but that it will feel more like one of those imitations than the original thing. Without Black involved in the series too, it’s a legitimate concern at this point.

The Lethal Weapon TV series is currently in production.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable