‘I Want Lethal Weapon Numbers’


  • David Leitch aims for franchise success with
    The Fall Guy
    , wanting Lethal Weapon-level numbers for the series.
  • Film’s fate hinges on box office performance despite raving reviews at SXSW; needs financial impact for sequels.
  • Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s star power crucial for the film’s success, potential launch for Gosling’s sequel ventures.

The Fall Guy is already making waves even before its official release. Director David Leitch, known for his adrenaline-pumping directorial ventures, is already eyeing a future filled with sequels for his latest project. Drawing inspiration from the ’80s television series of the same name, the film stars Ryan Gosling as a fearless stuntman and Emily Blunt as a novice action film director.

The Fall Guy

Release Date
May 3, 2024

1hr 54min

87North, Arcana, Entertainment 360

Leitch’s aspirations for The Fall Guy go beyond a one-hit wonder. He envisions a series that could rival the success of the Lethal Weapon franchise. Speaking to Total Film, Leitch expressed his deep connection to the project and its characters, stating,

“I know I want to go on a journey with these characters for multiple films.
I want Lethal Weapon numbers.
I love these people so much, and also I love these characters… If I could work with this crew and these actors in this world that Kelly [McCormick, wife and producing partner] and I know so well – yeah, this would be a blast.
I hope people want more.

Watch The Fall Guy trailer below:

At the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), the film was met with exceptional acclaim, as viewers praised its thrilling action scenes and comedic elements. However, the true test for The Fall Guy lies in its box office performance. With a hefty budget of $125 million, according to Variety, the film needs to make a significant impact to secure its place as a potential franchise.

The Fall Guy Eyes Franchise Future with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s Box Office Appeal

The film’s success could be significantly influenced by the star power of Gosling and Blunt. Both actors have proven their box office mettle with their respective 2023 hits, Barbie and Oppenheimer, which collectively grossed over $2 billion. Their on-screen chemistry and individual popularity could be the driving force behind The Fall Guy achieving the financial success necessary for sequel considerations.

For Ryan Gosling, The Fall Guy presents a unique opportunity to venture into the realm of sequels. Despite his extensive and diverse filmography, Gosling has rarely revisited a character in a sequel. This film could mark a new chapter in his career, offering him the chance to be part of a growing franchise. Additionally, Gosling’s upcoming projects, including the adaptation of Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary and the sequel to Netflix’s The Gray Man, suggest his increasing openness to explore sequel opportunities.


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The Fall Guy is poised to be an exciting addition to the action genre, with its blend of high-flying stunts, comedic elements, and a charismatic cast. As the film prepares for its May release, all eyes are on its box office performance and the potential for it to kickstart a new franchise in the action-packed world of cinema. With David Leitch at the helm and a talented ensemble cast, The Fall Guy could very well be the next big thing in action filmmaking, paving the way for a series of thrilling sequels.

The Fall Guy is set to premiere on May 3, 2024.


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