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MacGyver Coming to a Big Screen Near You

Says New Line's Richard Brener, "We think we're a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise."

Of course, Brener is making a reference to the resourcefulness of MacGyver, a TV character from the late '80s/early '90s with the remarkable ability to get out of tough situations by using things like office supplies, stray bits of yarn, and sheer determination. MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson was recently in several Saturday Night Live skits ("MacGruber") spoofing his old show alongside Will Forte. And today there's news that MacGyver will live again as a feature film. Here's more:

MacGyver was a science-oriented adventure series that ran from 1985-92 on ABC. Richard Dean Anderson . . . 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.

No writer is attached, but the studio hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place into pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie.

Looks like it's MacGyver's turn in the long line of '80s things to get reworked, and in all honesty, I wonder if this might end up being kind of funny. Genuinely funny, not painful-funny. What do you think of a MacGyver movie in this day and age?

And if you'd like to relive some old MacGyver goodness, click here to watch full episodes of the show.


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