MacGyver film in development
The television show MacGyver, which probably has more mentions in jest than in seriousness, is to be made into a feature film, and a serious adventure film at that.
Was it really any surprise? Battlestar Galactica, V, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Starsky and Hutch, even CHiPs have all been through the production mill in some form, and some have even made it through the other end with a couple becoming successful, and one even blazing the way in television programming. I wonder where on that list MacGyver will end up?
The concept for the film version of MacGyver would appear to be much the same, a man who can make things out of just about anything to get the job done, get himself out of sticky situations, and basically save the day.
Although there's not even a writer attached at this stage, New Line's Richard Brener has his take on the project, and it's still slightly tongue in cheek so I'm not entirely sure if they are going to be making a fully serious project. Through The Hollywood Reporter:
“We think we're a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise.”
Apparently the idea is to ensure that the film acknowledges the impact that the series has had on common culture, as now people use the term MacGyver to describe something rigged together out of nothing – I'm not entirely sure I've used that reference myself, but I do know of it.
However the real question is would the concept hold up in the cold light of day, especially if they are looking for a more serious adventure film. I think the back story is going to have to be something ingenious – a bomb disposal expert in Iraq or Afghanistan might be appropriate.
Of course this isn't new news. Back in may of last year we heard that the rights to the series had been bought, and that was from the creator of the series himself Lee David Zlotoff. There was little other news, but the project does see to be on.
What do you think, MacGyver as a film?