Damon Wayans Sr. To Star In Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Pilot
Damon Wayans Sr. is returning to network TV as the star of FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” pilot.
Here’s the scoop via Deadline:
After lengthy negotiations, Fox and Warner Bros. TV have closed a pilot-order deal for Lethal Weapon, an hourlong series based on the cop buddy action comedy movies that starred Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh. In Living Color alum Damon Wayans Sr. is set to play Murtaugh in the remake (no word on the Riggs role), with Charlie’s Angels helmer McG set to direct the pilot for Warner Bros. TV.
Written by former Chuck executive producer and Forever creator Matt Miller, Lethal Weapon, like WBTV’s Rush Hour series for CBS, is a relatively straight remake featuring the movies’ central characters.
The feature franchise kicked off with Homicide Sgt. Murtaugh (Glover), who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, being partnered with the suicidal and highly volatile ex-U.S. Army Special Forces soldier-turned-LAPD Narcotics Sgt. Riggs (Gibson), who had been reassigned to homicide after a psychotic episode on the job as he deals with grief following the death of his wife.
Congratulations to Damon Sr. if Fox gets this right…it could be a great look for the actor and comic.
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