All signs point toward the quintessential buddy cop franchise getting the oh-so-trendy “reboot” in the near future. It appears that Mel Gibson, the star of the first four episodes, has found his way into some public relations problems recently and Warner Brothers thinks it best not to touch him with a ten-foot pole. As for Danny Glover, no announcement was made, but they’re probably just sick of his face.
No casting or timeline info has been divulged by the studio, only that the project has been reassigned to another exec to be rescued “from development hell.” Sounds promising. We can undoubtedly expect the studio to go younger with the leads in the hopes of hanging their hat on another decades-long franchise. In their coverage, The Hollywood Reporter suggests Jeremy Renner, which is a solid, if uninspired, choice. A female lead could do more to cross demographics, so don’t be surprised if “I’m too menopausal for this shit!” starts adorning t-shirts the nation over. The buddy-cop genre lends itself to so many different classifications of actors that trying to find the perfect two is a fool’s errand. Can anyone definitively say if Vin Diesel and Taye Diggs would be any better or worse than Ashton Kutcher and Jeff Goldblum or Jason Segel and Angelina Jolie? Probably not, but that won’t keep the internet from trying.