It’s a big week for ’80s nostalgia, as Stranger Things is back for another season on Netflix and details on sequels to and reboots of big Reagan-era movies are in the news. Here’s the latest on Lethal Weapon 5, Top Gun 2 and the return of Young Guns and more:
The Lethal Weapon movies may resume with original cast
Despite there being a Lethal Weapon TV series in its second season on Fox right now, the original movie franchise might not be dead. According to Deadline, stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and director Richard Donner, who has helmed every installment so far, are discussing the 30-year-old buddy-cop property’s return to the big screen with Lethal Weapon 5. Part 4’s screenwriter, Channing Gibson, would also be back for the sequel. That last one arrived almost 20 years ago, but apparently this team is not “too old for this…”
Top Gun 2 will introduce Goose’s son
Sequels to old movies tend to involve a new generation of characters, and Top Gun 2: Maverick won’t be any different. The follow-up to the 1986 blockbuster will bring back original stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer as Maverick and Iceman, but we’ll also meet the son of Maverick’s fallen wingman, Goose (played by Anthony Edwards). We actually saw his boy briefly in the first movie, and now he’s grown up with a certain grudge against his father’s old friend. Here’s what That Hashtag Show dug up about the character:
RIOT FKA WRIGLEY: Supporting Male (20-29) Goose’s son. All-American good looks. Rode a football scholarship to an Ivy League degree. He is in love with Sugar. He distrusts Maverick and dislikes what he stands for, although they have a lot of similarities. Eventually, comes to respect Maverick and uses his techniques. He is forced to eject in enemy territory and Maverick comes to save him.
The site also has details on other new characters, including a single-mother love interest for Maverick/Cruise, a Latina love interest for Goose’s son and a bunch of other twentysomething members of Maverick’s flight school class.
Young Guns and more Morgan Creek properties will be rebooted
Almost 30 years after the first Young Guns put a fresh twist on iconic Western heroes, Deadline reports that the franchise is due for a movie and TV series reboot with “another group of up-and-comers.” This is part of a large initiative by Morgan Creek Entertainment Group to relaunch a number of its classic properties on the big and small screen, though mostly the latter. Other titles from the ’80s and ’90s to be revisited include Major League, Ace Ventura, Dead Ringers, Pacific Heights and Nightbreed.