Let’s see you get yourself out of this one, MacGyver! (Insert evil villain laugh here.) Okay, so the villains on the ’80s TV show MacGyver never really offered up evil laughs, but they should have considering how easy MacGyver kept getting out of their traps. Now New Line Cinema wants to revive the character into a possible movie franchise, cause why the hell not, am I right?
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.
The original starred Richard Dean Anderson, an incredibly resourceful agent for something called the Phoenix Foundation, who helped people and stopped bad guys and other, you know, stuff. Anyways, Anderson went on to play Colonel Jack O’Neill (that’s with two “l’s”) in the Stargate TV franchise. Basically, Anderson is one of the only few people in Hollywood who has fronted not one, but two mega successful TV franchises.
So why a MacGyver movie now? Maybe these series of SNL skits had something to do with it: