That Lethal Weapon TV series is starting to coalesce. After Fox essentially guaranteed to air a pilot episode of the new show after a bidding war in October, the network has now settled on a star: Damon Wayans. The network has also officially ordered the pilot.
The 55-year-old actor, of In Living Color fame, will take on the role of Roger Murtaugh, who was played by Danny Glover in the original films. The show is being written by Matt Miller, who wrote episodes for Forever and Chuck, among others, and the pilot will be directed by McG (The OC, Supernatural).
We also now have the official synopsis for the series, and it sounds a whole lot like the movie.
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a "minor" heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
The show will join a litany of movie-to-TV adaptations, including Minority Report, Limitless, The A-Team, Training Day, and Friday the 13th, some of which are already on air and others which are in the works.