Action Classic Lethal Weapon gets TV series version on Warner TV

Every time Marianne Lee visits the Philippines, it always turns out to be an exciting time, not only for her but also for TV fans.

It’s because the VP for Content, at Turner Asia Pacific, always has a surprise with her whenever we meet. The first time was DCs Legend of Tomorrow, an expansion of the Arrowverse that introduces a whole lot of comic characters–from the Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman and Hawkgirl and Captain Cold to name a few.

A few months later, we saw each other again, and this time she had a mystery for us involving a girl full of tattoos who emerged from a bag. We later learned she was Jane Doe from Blindspot.

Last week, Ms Lee had an action classic up her sleeves, and for those who belonged to the same generation as me, seeing a remake of Lethal Weapon brought back a lot of fond memories of this action-comedy classic.

Ms. Lee says she enjoys bringing new titles first to the Philippines because we Filipinos have reciprocated with a strong support for all their shows.

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At the media preview of the show, however, it was Ms. Lee who was in for a surprise when a real team of policemen and a bomb squad showed up at the venue, thinking the venue was a real a crime scene because of the yellow tape on the windows and the setup of the events place.

The police did make the rounds to check out the place and I guess our favorite Turner VP had a story to tell when she returns to Hongkong.

As for the premiere, it looks like everyone was found guilty of enjoying the show!14455927_10207636196159387_258576083_o-2

The classic cop-duo Riggs and Murtaugh, of the buddy cop action franchise Lethal Weapon fame, will soon be on the small screen every week as Warner TV premieres Lethal Weapon the TV series, same day as the US, on Thursday, September 22 at 8:10pm.

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Starring Clayne Crawford (Rectify) as the ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs and Emmy nominee Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids, In Living Color) as cautious, by-the-book cop Roger Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon is guaranteed to bring you non-stop laughs and edge-of-the-seat action.

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Based on the hit movie franchise, Lethal Weapon tells the story of detectives Riggs and Murtaugh as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his wife and unborn child, Riggs moves to California to start over at the LAPD. He’s paired up with Murtaugh, who’s just returned to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. As soon as they meet, Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet that their partnership is doomed. But despite Riggs’ recklessness, Murtaugh has never felt more alive than he has in years.

Creating a TV series after four successful films posed a challenge for producers Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, all four are positive about reviving the Lethal Weapon franchise in a fresh, new way.

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Finding the perfect Riggs and Murtaugh was the biggest challenge for the producers. “We sat down with Richard Donner, who had directed all of the movies, and just kind of wanted to get his blessing on things. He told us, ‘It’s great. But you have to have the right actors for the job.’” Miller said.

Wayans came on early in the process, but the search for Riggs wasn’t as serendipitous. The producers had to go through a lot of candidates in Los Angeles, New York and Australia. Eventually, they found Crawford in an independent movie and the rest, as they say, is history.

“We think that of all the challenges of remaking a show and remaking this iconic franchise, I would say the casting is what I’m most proud of. That you watch this show and you don’t think about Mel Gibson and Danny Glover at all. You just watch these two – and they’re amazing together on screen,” Miller added.

Catch the premiere episode of Lethal Weapon, same day as the US, on September 22 at 8:10pm. And before the series premiere, you can relive the adventures of Riggs and Murtaugh in the 1987 original Lethal Weapon movie at 6:16pm, also on Warner TV.

 

 

 

 

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