Fox network has decided to do a TV reboot of one of the most iconic action film franchises of all time with the new ‘Lethal Weapon‘ series premiering next fall.
The new show comes 18 years after Mel Gibson’s Riggs and Danny Glover’s Murtaugh characters last went into action on the big screen.
The first film in the franchise was a critical and commercial success and resulted in three sequels: Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).
And now Fox is hoping to translate some of that magic to the small screen with the network recently unveiling a first trailer that gives audiences a glimpse at Clayne Crawford (“Rectify”) as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans (“My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”) as Roger Murtaugh.
The synopsis for the series reads:
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. From the moment they meet, this partnership could be lethal. But during their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh on a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and into a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years.
The cast also includes Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) as Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill, Kevin Rahm (Nightcrawler) as Captain Brooks Avery, Chandler Kinney (American Horror Story) as Rianne Murtaugh, Johnathan Fernandez (Crime Scene) as Scorsese, a pathologist with the LAPD and Keesha Sharp (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as Trish Murtaugh.
The trailer opens with a massive bank robbery, where Martin Riggs has one of the heavily armed assailants put the gun right to his temple so he won’t miss, followed by him taking out the entire crew and calmly walking outside eating a slice of pizza, all while a bomb ticks down, setting the tone at what to expect from the series.
Joseph McGinty Nichol, known mononymously as McG (Charlies Angels, Terminator Salvation) directed the pilot and is executive producing the series.
The pilot was written by Matt Miller, a former executive producer on Chuck who also recently created and executive produced the ABC drama, Forever.
Miller is also an executive producer for the Lethal Weapon TV series alongside Dan Lin (Suicide Squad, The LEGO Movie) and Jennifer Gwartz (Lethal Weapon 4) while Warner Bros. Television will produce the project along with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions.
Lethal Weapon premieres on Wednesdays this fall, airing 8/7c on Tuesday nights before Empire.
You can check out the first trailer below and judge for yourselves:
The new show currently joins a bunch of other movies turned into TV shows due to air this fall including The Exorcist on Fox, Cruel Intentions on NBC and Training Day on CBS.
Only time will tell if this TV adaption will be successful or follow the path of failed small screen versions like Minority Report or Rush Hour.