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In the world of modern media, everything that’s old is new again, and that means that if you’re a fan of a classic TV series or movie that’s over 10 years old, just hang out, and eventually it will get rebooted. While some classic TV series are simply getting a new series, others get to make the jump to the big screen. If you’re a fan of the 1980’s action series MacGyver, you just won the reboot lottery, as he’s getting both.
A day after it was announced that CBS has ordered a pilot for a new MacGyver TV series, Lionsgate has now announced that they’ve partnered with the network to bring the new character into the movies as well. According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie will be produced by 21 Jump Street’s Neal Moritz as well as Lee David Zlotoff, who was the creator of the original series. The specifics of the agreement are a little vague, so whether this movie would bring the new TV MacGyver on the big screen as well or would be an independent project with a separate character, aren’t entirely clear. It would seem a little strange to bring two new characters out so close together, but it wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened.
The original series ran from 1985 to 1992, and then spun off a pair of made-for-TV movies, all starring Richard Dean Anderson as the titular character. The series focused on MacGyver’s ability to think his way out of dangerous situations by building a solution out of his surroundings often using everyday items in very unusual ways.
The idea of creating a big-screen version of MacGyver has been bouncing around Hollywood for years but it’s been difficult to get any traction. The fact that the TV pilot is actually happening is the first sign that there is legitimate interest in bringing the character back. Director James Wan was attached to make a film version of the series before dropping the idea to go make Furious 7. In an interesting coincidence, Neal Moritz has been a producer on the last few Fast and Furious films, so maybe there’s a chance of getting Wan involved again. We thought his idea was pretty interesting.
One way or another, it looks like we’re in for a lot more MacGyver in many different places. Are we heading into MacGyver overload already, or is it impossible to get too much of a good thing? Let us know what you think below. We’re going to go look into buying some stock in a duct tape company.