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Shane Black Talks About Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 5 and Iron Man 4
may 19, 2016
While Mel Gibson is enjoying his time in Spain, Shane Black is talking about Iron Man 4 and Lethal Weapon 5 back in the States.
Tony Stark wants Mel Gibson to direct the fourth installment of Iron Man. Shane Black also informed fans about how keen Robert Downey Jr. was to have Mel Gibson on board for “Iron Man 4.” “I think he wants Mel Gibson to direct it,” said Black.
According to We Got This Covered, Downey Jr. has been trying to get Gibson to helm the flick. Black believes that Gibson has been good to a bunch of people. “Mel was great to him. Mel’s been really nice to a lot of people, including me,” explained Black.
Shane Black wrote what he thinks was a kick-ass script for a fifth and final Lethal Weapon movie, but Mel Gibson turned the role down and ended the franchise.
That is the story from Black himself. The project was long rumoured but Black has finally confirmed more details.
“There was a 62-page treatment,” Black tells Postmedia Network in an interview. “Essentially, it was a script then, because the dialogue was in there for Lethal Weapon: Part 5. And it was quite good, I thought!”
The plot, Black says now, would send Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s characters to New York City “during the worst blizzard on the East Coast in recent memory.”
In the midst of the storm, detectives Riggs & Murtaugh would take on private contractors with an elaborate criminal smuggling scheme connected to Afghanistan and Iraq. “It was just a very visceral and powerful story,” Black says. “And it would just cost a lot of money.”
Gibson said no: End of discussion. “Yeah,” Black recounts, “oh well. The thing is, it’s every bit his right to say no. He’s a wonderful actor.”
Shane Black is on Gibson’s side.
“I firmly believe that nobody should ever be held accountable for something that’s said while they’re just drunk. It’s different if they’re sober … And I think he’ll make a comeback. I hope so!”