Richard Donner: 1930-2021

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The director of Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon and more – Mr Richard Donner – has died at the age of 91.

I’ve never been the most comfortable person writing stories of peoples’ passing on websites, never quite reconciling the feeling that we could be in any way benefitting from sad news. But conversely, I know many of you feel like me in wanting to talk about and celebrate the work of director Richard Donner.

Donner, as you may have already heard, has passed away at the age of 91, and he leaves behind a collection of work that’s going to be very hard to beat when it comes to blockbuster cinema.

I mean, where to start? The Goonies, Superman and Superman II were my first three Donner films, and Scrooged wasn’t long thereafter. Only more recently did I watch The Omen for the first time, and then of course there were four Lethal Weapon movies, on top of Maverick, Assassins, Inside Moves Radio Flyer, Ladyhawke and Conspiracy Theory.

His last film would be the underrated 2006 feature 16 Blocks, and he’d been chatting in recent times about making both Lethal Weapon 5 and The Goonies 2.

I’m hugely appreciative for so many of Donner’s films, and our thoughts here are with his friends and family at what must be a very, very difficult time.

But what a legacy to leave behind. Films that are going to be enjoyed for a long, long time to come.

Rest in peace, Mr Donner. And thank you.

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