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.