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MacGyver heading to the big screen...still

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2009 12:06PM
macgyverWhat are the odds that a big screen adaptation of ABC's 1980's hit MacGyver will be a success? Judging by the success-to-failure ratio of TV-to-movies, I'd say it's 50-50 at best. For every The Fugitive, there's The Wild, Wild West. A Mission: Impossible reboot works well enough as a Tom Cruise vehicle, but a live action Speed Racer is an unmitigated disaster. Still, the optimist in me will hope that New Line's MacGyver to the big screen will work. They first mentioned this about a year ago, but it's picked up some traction now.

There's no star attached as yet, but a lot of De Laurentiises -- Dino is exec producer, Raffaellla and Martha are producing for Raffaella Productions. (Giada is sticking to the Food Network.) Fortunately, the series creator, Lee Zlotoff is attached, too.

He's also worked on NCIS of late, so let me be the first to suggest that Michael Weatherly would make a great MacGyver. He's got the same kind of good guy/wise guy thing that Richard Dean Anderson has, and he's the right age and look.

Of course, this being a big screen production likely means that a big star might be the direction for the filmmakers. I can't see any action guy in the role -- no to Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham. Would a Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Cruise be tempted? What about an off-beat choice, like Owen Wilson, Patrick Wilson, or Rita Wilson? Don't laugh, MacGyver could be a woman in a remake, couldn't he/she?

The bar should be high for MacGyver because nowadays we have so many creative shows inspired by the original -- like Burn Notice -- that the science in the film had better be top-notch. The gum wrapper, paper clip and credit card will have to solve big problems like superior security systems and high tech computers.

New Line is searching for an A list scriptwriter -- which will lead to an A list director, presumably -- because they envision MacGyver as a franchise series. Maybe they should also consult with Henry Winkler; his company produced the original hit show.

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BILLY BOYD as Murdoc

March 18 2009 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you need someone who is small in stature and intense, yet believable doing the action.....perhaps a Barry Pepper or someone like him would be good?

March 17 2009 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Richard Dean Anderson needs to star and Michael Des Barres needs to play Murdoc - That story line needs to be put to rest and this is the movie to do it!

March 16 2009 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Darren's comment

And they also need to bring back Bruce McGill and Teri Hatcher.

Yes, they've all aged, but dadgummit, so has Harrison Ford and they still brought HIM back to play Indiana Jones!

March 16 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Siegler

Will Forte needs to make an appearance.


March 16 2009 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As much as I love MacGyver,... this is going to end badly.

March 16 2009 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love MacGyver, but with Burn Notice and MacGruber I'm not sure that I really need a MacGyver movie.

March 16 2009 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmmm... This could be awesome! I wonder if SNL's MacGruber had anything to do with this resurgence....

March 16 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Indeed, MacGyver had humility/humbleness about him that not many action stars have or come with. He did the action but was not a womanizer or arrogant, he wasn't a martial arts expert. He thought his way out of a situation and sometimes punched a guy but that was the limit of his physical prowess. All I see happening is them turning him into a hot shot spy with some brains.

March 16 2009 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As much as I hate TV series turned into movies (except Star Trek, of course), this could actually be a good film. Of course they have to have the right actor and none of the people you listed are that, especially Owen Wilson. Anything Wilson is attached to will immediately become a dumbed down farce. MacGyver certainly had RDA's quirky humor but it wasn't a comedy. Michael Weatherly is the closest to what the character should be, but I doubt they'll give the role to a TV actor -- even one on a successful series like NCIS.

March 16 2009 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Put Will Forte in there, if not as the star then at least in a cameo.

March 16 2009 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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