MacGyver’s return?

MacGyver’s return?

Unsurprisingly given the ongoing trend of bringing back previous series to the big screen, an adaptation of the 80’s and early 90’s series MacGyver is in the works. MacGyver of course starred Stargate’s Richard Dean Anderson in the lead role as a secret agent with a wealth of scientific knowledge that allowed him to apply everyday materials to solving the problems he found himself in from episode to episode. MacGyver also refused to use firearms, instead resolving situations through non-violent means.New Line Cinema owns the property and has reportedly entered talks with James Wan with a view to securing him to direct the film. A MaGyver film would be something of a change in pace for Wan having mostly worked in the horror field. He wrote and directed the original ‘Saw’ film back in 2004, as well as writing ‘Saw 3’, directing ‘Insidious’, and directing the currently in post-production ‘The Conjuring’.

Few other details are know about the project, it’s reported that a script has been drafted however is in need of further development.

While a MacGyver film isn’t necessarily anywhere near the top of my ‘most wanted films to be made’ list, it’s pretty much expected not only due to studio tendencies to mine previous properties for content, but also given how popular the series was and its lasting legacy. It’s difficult to imagine a new film not drawing in a high amount of interest given the existing fan base.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.

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