Hollywood is currently going through a remake frenzy of old films and television shows like we’ve never seen before. And the latest show from a bygone era to be given a cinematic make-over is MacGyver.
MacGyver starred Stargate‘s Richard Dean Anderson as an agent for the Phoenix Foundation who was able to get out of any scrape by using everyday objects as weapons.
The new feature is set up at Newline Cinema and it will be produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentis and Lee Zlotoff who created the original series.
The show ran from 1985 to 1992 on ABC and it was sort of like Indiana Jones meets James Bond meets The A-Team. It was fun for its day but it will be difficult to balance the shows easy going charm and farfetched gadgetry with today’s Bourne style ferocity.
New Line’s Richard Brener said:
“We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise.”
I’m sure a global franchise is what they want – but apart from Mission: Impossible no television remake has spawned a successful movie series. Wild Wild West, Miami Vice, Starsky and Hutch and The Saint were all transferred to the big screen without making a lasting impact. Meanwhile The A-Team and Magnum PI are in development, but filmmakers appear to be finding it difficult to get the ingredients right.
Last summer our own Vic Holtreman spoke to Richard Dean Anderson about the possibility of returning to the role in a new movie. He stated that he HAD been approached a while ago, but he thinks that the character is best left behind and was a great fit for the time period in which it aired. He also joked about the mullet he wore back then and he said he didn’t think he could even grow it back if he tried.
As no cast, director or writer are attached to MacGyver it would appear to be a film that is a good few years away, but it isn’t too early to ask the question – who would you like to see as MacGyver? And do you think this is even a good idea?
Source: Hollywood Reporter