Richard Donner – one of the most famous and prolific directors of all time, known for films like “Superman”, “Lethal Weapon”, “The Goonies” and countless others – is said to have passed away.
The legendary filmmaker recently passed away, according to his production company, The Donner’s Company, who confirmed the news to Variety. No word on when exactly he died, or under what circumstances – we have appeals to his representatives to find out.
Either way… it’s a tragic update, because the guy was absolutely loved in Hollywood – and rightly so. He’s responsible for some of the most iconic movies on the big screen over the years, including an incredible series of images from the late ’70s to the’ 80s.
Donner got his first big hiatus from directing with the cult horror film “The Omen” (the original), which catapulted him to stardom and led to his next big studio film, “Superman” (also the original) … which paved the way for countless other movies, including “Goonies” and ALL “Lethal Weapon” movies, starring Mel Gibson and Danny glover.
Some of his other notable directorial credits include core films, such as “Scrooged”, “The Toy”, “Maverick”, “Ladyhawke”, “Assassins”, “16 Blocks”, “Timeline” and more. His EP credits are even more impressive.
Donner has directed films like “The Lost Boys”, “Free Willy”, “X-Men” … the list goes on. His death is actually quite shocking and seemingly sudden – last year he announced his desire to direct the 5th installment of “Lethal Weapon”, and it looked like it was in the works.
We even congratulated Rich on the news a year ago, when we met him in Hollywood… and told him about the controversy (at the time) surrounding Amazon’s new show, “Hunters,” which was catching criticism. for his portrayal of the Holocaust and the aftermath that followed. In his mind, he said the producers were to blame… not the directors.
Anyway … very sad to hear. Donner is survived by his wife, Lauren. He was 91 years old.