“Lethal Weapon” could be the latest movie set to become a TV series, TheWrap has learned. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to the project from Warner Bros. Television, which is a reboot of the 1980s buddy-copy franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
The original pic, directed by Richard Donner, spawned three sequels, released in 1989, 1992 and 1998. A fifth installment in the franchise has been in development at Warner Bros. for some time.
The broadcast networks have been scrambling to grab movie titles for TV adaptations at a time when the talent pool for series development is stretched thin by the multitude of shows in production across cable and digital outlets. Movie titles also come with built-in name recognition that is seen as a leg-up in marketing.
The original 1987 Lethal Weapon movie, written by Shane Black and directed by Richard Donner, was a breakout hit, grossing $120 million on a $12 million budget. It spawned a formidable franchise with three sequels and helped established the comedic action buddy cop genre, influencing such hit follow-up entries as Rush Hourand Bad Boys.
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