Lethal Weapon remake in the works

Among many others

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Remakes are here to stay, and there’s nothing you can do about it. That seems to be the general message Warner Bros are sending out this week.

The studio have unveiled a list of films that they'll be rebooting and/or remaking at some point in the near future. Warning: this list has blood-boiling potential.

Their catalogue of remake-worthy films includes the likes of Lethal Weapon, Westworld, Oh God, The Dirty Dozen, Tarzan and The Wild Bunch.

Of the titles there, Lethal Weapon is the current front-runner, with Will Beall reportedly hired to pen a script for a new film (Mel Gibson's Lethal Weapon 5 is now dead in the water).

Beall recently paired up with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer to write Gangster Squad, which Fleischer will direct.

It all smacks of cynical money-grabbing – using a famous title to draw in audiences where a new title might not be quite so successful. Can something good come out of any of these? Does anybody even care anymore?

Fuming? Or used to it by now? Chuck us your reactions below...

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 20th 2011, 13:58

      I swear on my life that if they suggest remaking Die Hard, I will destroy Hollywood with my bare hands.

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    • nacho316

      Jan 20th 2011, 14:08

      These remakes are just going too far, I seriously can't think of a decent remake yet!!!!

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jan 20th 2011, 14:08

      The sad thing is, after the endless stream of completely unnecessary and disrespectful remakes we've been subjected to in the past decade, culminating in Len Wiseman's forthcoming neutered retread of Total Recall, I can't work up the anger anymore. I'm just overcome by mild nausea at the thought of these films seeing the light of day. More than that, you know that a whole generation of 12-year-old idiots will think they're original, and if they ever do stumble across the real films they were based on, they'll just laugh at the dated hairdos. What we need is a 21st Century Guy Fawkes to start plotting against Hollywood studios instead of parliament. It's the only way they'll get the message, I think.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 20th 2011, 14:31

      Actually I am curious to see Arofonksys take on Robocop, it probably won't be the biting satire of the original but its Arofonsky, and he is anti-Hollywood. Anyway thank god they havent touched Commando, otherwise there will be crater in LA, where the uninspired chimp-like cretins used to be.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 20th 2011, 14:42

      I'm with you dalidab, just don't forget your shoes!

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    • marc96

      Jan 20th 2011, 15:35

      i can understand if its a remake of a very average film, but ones like lethal weapon are classics because of the cast.. cant imagine they'll ever find a duo for the remake that had the chemistry of gibson & glover.... & yeah i'll join your war against hollywood if they remake die hard.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 20th 2011, 15:50

      marc96 - You're bang on the money with that comment. It was the casting that made the movie, without Gibson and Glover it's just an average cop movie. £500 says they'll use Jamie Foxx

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    • Wickerman

      Jan 20th 2011, 15:51

      I stopped looking to Hollyweird quiet some time ago for good movies, lot better out there from the World Cinema Scene also a lot of Hollyweird Classics are just remake\revamps from World Cinema anyway!

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    • Frankie88

      Jan 20th 2011, 16:15

      Personally, I don't mind the remakes. If it's not an improvement, it is a diffirent take on the material and original is still there, and sometimes great moviemakers make great remakes. There are of course dreadful misses, especially in horror genre. I would definitely like to see remakes of Dirty Dozen (since Basterds turned to be quite different from what it was meant to be at the beginning), Wild Bunch (3:10 to Yuma and True Grit show that the idea has merits) and Tarzan (the only one I've seen was Greystoke with Christopher Lambert in titular role and if they get good director and do the casting right we could be treated to an amazing performance and a movie overall). However, I agree with the rest of the commenters that Lethal Weapon remake is plain unnecessary and the idea doesn't make any sense.

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    • DanRose

      Jan 20th 2011, 19:18

      Well, what do you wanna hear, man?! Do you wanna hear that sometimes I think about eatin' a bullet?! Huh? Well, I do! I even got a special bullet for the occasion with a hollow point, look! Make sure it blows the back of my g*****ned head out and do the job right! Every single day I wake up and I think of a reason not to do it! Every single day! You know why I don't do it?! This is gonna make you laugh! You know why I don't do it?! The job! Doing the job! Now that's the reason! I'm with you on your crusade to destroy Hollywood... this has gone far enough... next it'll be Terminator or Roboc.... f**k!!!

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 20th 2011, 20:38

      Wow, i've said it lots but this is proof, cinema is officially dead, if all people can do is remake good films then there is really no point.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jan 20th 2011, 21:53

      OMG... Well, sign me up as another recruit in the impending war to destroy Hollywood and its money-grubbing, leg-h*****g, c**p-where-they-sleep morons who run it. To borrow a most appropriate line from LOTR "There is no curse in Elvish, Entish or the tongues of Men for such treachery..." Time to go all Tyler Durden on their asses, blow up the studios, blow up the cinemas, lynch any director who even thinks the words "remake" or "reboot" and then withdraw into the world of books. At least in literature we can find solace. After all, no one tries to rewrite a good novel.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jan 20th 2011, 21:57

      Scariest thing is, if someone does come along with an original, thought-provoking, well conceived film they want produced no studio is going to touch it cause it doesn't have a money-making name already attached. What in the world has happened?

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jan 20th 2011, 21:57

      Scariest thing is, if someone does come along with an original, thought-provoking, well conceived film they want produced no studio is going to touch it cause it doesn't have a money-making name already attached. What in the world has happened?

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 21st 2011, 1:43

      This is just getting ridiculous now, studios need to start snapping up the rights to books and stop trying to milk their past franchises dry.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 21st 2011, 1:51

      Could be a Murtaghless prequel with Riggs as a young soldier in 'nam..that I'd see!

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    • Richter

      Jan 21st 2011, 9:33

      Bloody Fecking Hollywood.. Once again not have a new idea..The only "Reboots" I've liked and where actually needed.. where the Chris Nolan Batmans.. And the most recent Hulk movie.. Because the one before that was to be honest S**t.. The only new ideas are coming from world movies.. look at all the Asian movies. amazing films, brilliant ideas and they don't pull any punches with what they show.. I've heard that they want to do a "Remake" of OLDBOY... would be interesting to see weather they include all the details.. i doubt it.. Oh if there is a war to be had on hollywood.. Sign me up.. Yippie ki YAY!!!!!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 21st 2011, 13:10

      Hadouken: That's actually an inspired idea.. I'd probably watch that myself

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    • DravenCage

      Jan 22nd 2011, 8:06

      @nacho316 - If you can't think of a decent remake, then you're not even trying. Off the top of my head you have Heat, Man on Fire, The Thing (debate aside), The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, The Fly, The Departed, Quarantine, Vanilla Sky, The Bourne Identity You also have the remakes that, while not masterpieces, are decent movies. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Birdcage, Halloween and The Karate Kid would fall into that category, while True Grit is getting rave reviews. I'm said it many, many times, but remakes aren't bad, it's bad remakes that are bad... and there are more bad original movies that there will ever be bad remakes. I've always hated the remakes = s**t argument that seems to still permeate.

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    • craigy111

      Jan 29th 2011, 0:44

      Chris Nolan remade Batman, but Batman had died on its a*s with Clooney, Lethal Weapon I just can't see it being a winner, can't see anybody replacing Gibson and Glover plus isn't it a bit soon to do a remake on a movie that was such a big hit and such a classic. I mean you wouldn't do a remake on a classic like Indiana Jones, so why do a remake on another classic like Lethal Weapon. Leave it alone Hollywood.

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    • Strensk

      Mar 27th 2014, 21:20

      So, this is why the screen writers went on strike? To make more money, recycling old ideas instead of coming up with new ones? Absurd. They reboot Spiderman after what, a decade? Seriously? Then we get such wonderful hits as Charlie's Angels, 21 Jump Street, Hawaii FiveO, Robocop, just to name a few. Not to mention new movies just don't have that... umph the old ones did. Too much CGI, too many reboots and remakes that hardly live up to the original. This is why I rarely go to the movies anymore. Well, that and the fact that I pay $11 for a ticket then I am forced to sit there and watch advertisements for products, and PSAs that tell me how to live my life. Thanks Hollywood.

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