Report: Mel Gibson Backs Out of Lethal Weapon 5

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We weren't exactly huge fans of Lethal Weapon 5 being made, but it surprises us to learn that Mel Gibson wouldn't be all over this rumored movie as a chance to jump start his career.

It's quite the opposite, according to director Richard Donner. The man behind the first four Lethal Weapon films says a fifth won't be made because Gibson hasn't expressed interest in the project.

"Mel turned it down," Donner told The Los Angeles Times. "I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn't involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be."

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The director went on, referring to the possibility of Lethal Weapon 5:

"It's too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren't given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.

"The project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me."

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