New Line Cinema is attempting to reboot "MacGyver," the popular 1980s TV series, into a big screen feature film. The studio is in talks with James Wan to direct the film after being pleased with his work on "The Conjuring," an upcoming haunted house film set for release next summer.
The television series, which ran for seven seasons, featured Richard Dean Anderson as the title character, a secret agent who often used his scientific knowledge to get himself out of sticky situations. His calling card was his ability to cobble together ordinary items in order to make an explosive to eek his way to an escape.
Saturday Night Live lampooned the property with "MacGruber," which began life as a sketch before going on to be a feature film itself back in 2010. The film failed to find an audience, perhaps because modern audiences weren't really in on the joke since "MacGyver" had fallen so far from the pop culture gaze.
If so, that still won't stop New Line from attempting to revive the character. Details are very thin right now, but the tapping of Wan is an interesting choice. As the guy who created "Saw," he might not be the first person who comes to mind when one thinks of "MacGyver."
However, the director himself says readers shouldn't be surprised. In a tweet last night, Wan asked "people are surprised? You never saw shades of MacG in Jigsaw?" Indeed, maybe it does make a little sense after all since many of Jigsaw's elaborate traps seemed to be MacGyver-esque in retrospect.
Wan is also a master of low-budget and frugal filmmaking, which is also sure to appeal to a studio. Both "Saw" and "Insidious" represent two massive hits when one only considers the profit margins for each film. Produced on roughly a million dollar budget, each went on to gross over $50 million.
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