'MacGyver' Film Being Made From Typically Simplistic Household Items MacGyver Joke

March 16, 2009

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The nearly year-old rumor is true: MacGyver is only a MacGyver joke and an A-list writer away from a global franchise!

New Line is using twine, bubble gum and a pencil to throw "MacGyver" into development as a feature film.

"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.

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.

"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.

What I hate most is how this New Line guy essentially recognizes that MacGyver is a pop culture punchline with his chewing gum line, but then immediately follows it up with, "still though, we'll make a serious, successful franchise of films out of that joke, and does anyone know if Airwolf rights are still available?" Someone stop all of this.

'MacGyver' getting revived as feature film [THR]

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