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McConaughey not Magnum P.I.

MagnumPI.jpgA little while ago we heard the rumour that Matthew McConaughey was going to be, along with Captain America, Magnum P.I., well that seems to be debunked now, along with the idea that we're going to see a Magnum P.I. Film.

In fact the way the producer Brian Grazer is talking about it, I'm wondering if we'll even get to see something resembling Magnum P.I. at all.

Brian Grazer has killed the rumour that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the part of Magnum P.I. quite plainly and without confusion by saying:


That's what he said to MTV Movies Blog through Aceshowbiz (who don't have a source link). Of course we've seen these sort of denials before where producers and studios quite plainly say no way and then a few months we hear the truth (Karate Kid remake with the Smith family anyone?)

So, if we're to take his word for it, McConaughey is not taking the lead. What's more interesting is what Grazer says about his hopes for casting the film version of which he reveals the script is written.

“I think the idea for 'Magnum P.I.' is to find a counterpoint...To not try and find the new Tom Selleck but to find someone that is just so different that you go, oh my God! That guy is Magnum?!?...You have to find the actor that adds through his own personality something to the title.”

So they're going to cast someone that doesn't hold the characteristics of the original character then? Actually what he's saying sounds like they're going much further away from the original than that.

Here's the plot for the original series. Magnum has come back from the Vietnam war with his Navy Seal buddies Theodore "TC" Calvin and Orville "Rick" Wright, and they've made lives for themselves in Hawaii. TC as a helicopter tour guide, Rick as a club owner. Magnum though, he had a little mid life crisis and became a private investigator, finding himself hired on retainer to look after the security at the estate of the very rich author Robin Masters.

While he does the job he carries out his investigative good deeds for others and keeps Jonathan Quayle Higgins III at bay, the English ex-Sergeant Major and his two lovely dogs who runs the entire estate.

So if not someone who fits the previous mould, who are they going to go for? Someone short, weedy and not attractive? At least not with a big moustache.

At this rate it sounds like they'll be changing the entire story.



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