Someone must have been digging through old 80s action shows looking for Reboots and realized that someone forgot to tap MacGyver for big screen adaptation gold. Well it looks like that is exactly what is going to happen.
“MacGyver” was a science-oriented adventure series that ran from 1985-92 on ABC. Richard Dean Anderson, later of “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SG-1″ fame, starred as an incredibly resourceful secret agent for the Phoenix Foundation who frequently would escape from dangerous situations with ingenious and lightning-quick engineering trickery.
As much as I like Richard Dean Anderson for immortalizing the role and still finding work afterwards, I really hope that if they do this, it isn’t with Anderson. They haven’t said they are pursuing Anderson, and I hope they don’t.
My reasoning is that if they were to do MacGyver with Anderson in the lead role, the movie will be no better than the TV Movie events they made. The concept is pretty cool when you think of it. A guy who fights crime while creatively jury rigging devices? That has so much potential for a cool action movie, but you can’t help but think of the cheesy TV show where it was perfectly normal to see him make a jet ski out of a coffin.
There is potential here for something really cool, but considering Brener’s last line in the interview, I worry that it will just be a cheese fest not worth of another TV Movie.
“We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise,” said New Line’s Richard Brener, who will oversee with Sam Brown and Walter Hamada.
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