Richard Donner, one of the most famous and prolific directors of all times, is believed to have died. He was best known for films like "Superman,"" "Lethal Weapon," and "The Goonies," among many others.
According to The Donner's Company who confirmed the news to Variety, the legendary filmmaker has died. We're still trying to find out when he died or what the circumstances were.
It's sad news, but it's true. The man was loved in Hollywood and rightly so. He was responsible for many of the most memorable films that have graced the big screen throughout the years, including an amazing run of images from the late 1970s through the 1980s.
Donner's first major directing success came with "The Omen", a cult horror classic. This film catapulted Donner into stardom, and then led to "Superman", his next major studio movie....which paved the way for many other flicks, such as "Goonies" and all of the "Lethal Weapon" movies starring Mel Gibson or Danny Glover.
His other notable film directing credits include "Scrooged," The Toy," Maverick," Ladyhawke," "Ladyhawke," and "Assassins." His EP credits are even better.
Donner was the director of films such as "The Lost Boys", "Free Willy", "X-Men" and many more. His death is shocking and sudden. He announced last year that he wanted to direct the fifth installment of "Lethal Weapon" and it looked like that was happening.
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Rich was even congratulated on this news when we met him in Hollywood one year ago. We also chatted with him about the controversy surrounding Amazon's "Hunters" show. It was drawing criticism for its depiction of the holocaust, and the subsequent fallout. He believed that producers were to blame, not directors.
It is very disappointing to hear. Lauren, Donner's wife, has survived him. He was 91.