We are living in a world full of reboots, sequels, and remakes, then it is really just a matter of time before any successful franchise gets another chance to shine. Such is the case of Lethal Weapon, a buddy-cop franchise of four movies that is about to become a TV series. This is what is currently known about the Lethal Weapon TV series, including the recent addition of Jordana Brewster.
According to Digital Trends, Jordana Brewster is going to join the cast as a hostage negotiator Dr. Maureen "Mo" Cahill. This character is a "no-nonsense" woman who works with police officers who are coping with trauma. Brewster is most famous for her role in The Fast and the Furious as Mia.
Considering that Martin Riggs was a character introduced in the first Lethal Weapon movie as a character who lose his wife, chances are Dr. Cahill will be working with whatever actor will be playing Riggs. Yes, the show has not casted the role that Mel Gibson made famous. The television version of Riggs will be a former Navy SEAL and police officer in Texas, and then moves to Los Angeles after losing his wife and child.
The first episode is going to be like the first Lethal Weapon movie, where Riggs gets partnered with Detective Roger Murtaugh, which has been casted for Damon Wayans. For the episode, Murtaugh has apparently was "getting too old for this s-t" (a line made famous by Danny Glover in the films) and has recently suffered a heart attack and must have to avoid stress.
So far, there isn't any more news about the series, only that it has a pilot. It is quite possible that this pilot might not even be picked up by a network. The pilot is directed by McG, an action-film director who is famous for Charlie's Angels. The imdb page on the show doesn't have any information other than Golden Brooks will play Trish Murtaugh, with no trace of an actual release date.
As stated before in the introduction, this is an age of remakes, and originality is kind of lacking. Considering that the show only has a pilot, it doesn't sound like any network has picked it up, and possibly for good reasons. The fact that McG is directing the pilot is not a good sign, as he is more known for his explosive action films. However, a Lethal Weapon TV series has a chance to be played very seriously, especially with Riggs losing his wife.
It looks like Lethal Weapon isn't the only buddy cop film series to be made into a TV show. The hit action film series Rush Hour is going to be rebooted as a television show with Jon Foo as Lee and Justin Hires as James Carter, roles that were respectively played by Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.