One of TV’s most unique heroes is coming to the big screen. And it may very well be a screen which he himself has cunningly constructed on the spot from bed sheets, pipe cleaners and the like.
Yes, Lionsgate are working on a ‘MacGyver’ movie. Variety reports that Neal Moritz - producer behind the ‘Fast & Furious’ series - will be producing, alongside ‘MacGyver’ creator Lee David Zlotoff.
This news comes not long after it was announced that US TV network CBS also have plans for a TV reboot. There is no indication at present as to whether these new takes on the property will overlap in any way.
Launched in 1985, ‘MacGyver’ starred Richard Dean Anderson in the title role as a secret agent noted for both his striking blonde mullet, and his aversion to guns and violence. Rather than simply shooting bad guys, he uses his scientific knowledge to solve problems, often utilising everyday household items.
Former ‘Happy Days’ actor Henry Winkler produced the series, which ran until 1992. A number of TV movies followed, and Anderson went on to take the lead in ‘Stargate SG-1.’
The character has been heavily parodied over the years, famously being the obsession of Patty and Selma in ‘The Simpsons,’ and directly inspiring ‘Saturday Night Live’ character MacGruber (who later got his own movie).
Given the trend for TV-to-film spin-offs which parody the source material - notably ‘21 Jump Street’ and the upcoming ‘Baywatch’ - fans of ‘MacGyver’ will doubtless be wondering whether this movie will follow suit, or play it more as a straight action-adventure. This is but one of the many things which remain to be seen.
A ‘MacGyver’ movie had previously been in development at New Line Cinema back in 2009, at which time future ‘Fast & Furious 7′ director James Wan was attached.
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