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16 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Quick, readers! Hand us that screwdriver! Toss us that roll of sellotape! Now, throw over that CD of Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits! There… put them all together, and what have you got? A MacGyver movie!

Yes, New Line and Dino De Laurentiis’ daughter, Raffaella, are teaming up to bring the beloved TV action hero to the big screen. Which could mean that mullets are about to return, in a major way.

In case you weren’t aware, MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, was a one-man A-Team, a secret agent who would frequently get captured while on dangerous assignments, only to frequently save himself by using his resourcefulness and engineering know-how to fashion machines and fantastic devices out of rag-tag components.

Even though the show was cancelled in 1992, MacGyver became something of a cultural phenomenon, and a watchword for resourcefulness. Recently, of course, Will Forte’s wonderful recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live – the heroic yet inept MacGruber, who ends every episode getting blown sky-high – helped revive love for MacGyver. So much so, in fact, that Anderson cameoed on the sketch last week.

Did MacGruber have anything to do with the announcement of the movie? Maybe not, but it certainly couldn’t have hurt. But don’t be alarmed – New Line isn’t looking to make the big-screen MacGyver a comedy.

They will, though, be looking for a writer who can tread the fine line between knowing humour and straight-faced action. As long as they can find a cameo role for Anderson (and, hell, one for Forte too), we’ll be happy.
 


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RE: Holy Cow! A MacGyver Movie Is Coming!
Bloody MacGyver im still waiting for the A-TEAM More

Posted by bozzy at 07:54 on 21 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Holy Cow! A MacGyver Movie Is Coming!
L: Pigeon Army L: Acho It's about now that we start suggesting Nathan Fillion for the role, right? ote] Damn you, Acho, getting here before I get on the Fillon-Fone and call up all the age...I mean, fans. What kind of sneaky i]are we if we can't even co-ordinate? /quote] We need to work on our signals. When I scratch my ] ear, it's for Fillion... I blame the time difference. More

Posted by Acho at 03:13 on 21 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Holy Cow! A MacGyver Movie Is Coming!
L: Acho It's about now that we start suggesting Nathan Fillion for the role, right? ote] Damn you, Acho, getting here before I get on the Fillon-Fone and call up all the age...I mean, fans. What kind of sneaky i]are we if we can't even co-ordinate? More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 04:01 on 20 March 2009 | Report This Post

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…movie made, will open the gates of hell a tiny bit further. More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 16:01 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hitchcock
It was OTT, a bit preachy, he had bad har but GOD I loved him!!]    A movie would be nuts! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:29 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hitchcock
I remember watching one episode years ago where he made a blow torch out of a rusty old bike!   Spot on for the shout for Nathan Fillon for Macgyver! More

Posted by broonie at 13:28 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

Hitchcock
Well done on the Simpsons Reference - whats not to love about MacGyver More

Posted by dholleyuk at 12:24 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Holy Cow! A MacGyver Movie Is Coming!
L: Acho It's about now that we start suggesting Nathan Fillion for the role, right? ote]   I came on to do just that. Busted! More

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Posted by Acho at 11:16 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

I tip my hat to Hitchcock... I can't believe Empire didn't once mention The Simpsons in this article. More

Posted by sonofliberty1 at 07:47 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

Patti and Selma will be delighted.........although i'm sure jay Sherman will just say ''IT STINKS'' More

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