Mel Gibson claims Warner Bros Discovery merger is behind Lethal Weapon 5 delay

Mel Gibson has claimed that the Warner Bros Discovery merger is to blame for the delays Deadly weapon 5.

Last year Gibson announced that a fifth Lethal Weapon film is on the way following the death of original director Richard Donner at the age of 91.

Donner had asked Gibson to take over the script he had been developing in the event of his death, with the actor now not only starring but also directing. Deadly Weapon 5.

The film was set to release on HBO Max but has faced many setbacks, with Gibson now claiming that the only thing standing between him and the project is the recently announced merger of Warner Bros and Discovery.

“The only delay is now with all the upheaval at Warners, with Discovery and the new boss, and they’re chopping up everyone else and throwing them away and bringing in new people,” Gibson said ScreenRant.

“It always takes time for these companies to regroup, so that was a delay, but I’m pretty confident that we’ll get this one up and running, probably in the first quarter of the new year.”

The Independent has reached out to Warner Bros Discovery for comment.

Warner Bros and Discovery merged in April 2022, leading to many changes in the industry.

Gibson will direct and star in Lethal Weapon 5

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One of them was the much-discussed cancellation of the bat girl Film, although filming, valued at £73.7million, had already wrapped.

A spokesman at the time said: “The decision not to release bat girl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership towards the DC Universe and HBO Max.”

The Last Lethal Weapon Movie, Deadly weapon 4was released in 1998.

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