MacGuyver duct tapes himself to feature film project

macguyverI’m not normally a fan of movie-to-film er, TV-to-film adaptations, and yet, the latest one to be announced from New Line has me grinning in anticipation.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis and who seems to share her father’s eye for films, will be producing a feature film version of the 1980s hit TV show “MacGuyver” for her Raffaella Productions house, along with her stepmother Martha De Laurentiis and “MacGuyver” series creator Lee Zlotoff and her father as executive producer. No other firm details have been set.

What I loved about “MacGuyver” is what almost everybody seems to love about it: a really smart guy uses his smarts to get himself out of trouble and doesn’t have to kill anyone to do it. It didn’t hurt that series star Richard Dean Anderson was so cute and seemed to have a different girlfriend or kid sidekick every episode (remember, I was 8 when this series first started).

And this may sound too damn fuzzy liberal-minded of me, but I think I like the idea of today’s audiences being introduced or re-introduced to a hero who doesn’t have to torture people to get the job done or brutally kill maim everyone who comes after him—and I’m looking directly at you two, Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne.

The only reservation I have is: who would they get to play the “new” MacGuyver? I know absolutely nothing about actors who play under the age of 25 these days, and I think that in order to play to a mainstream audience, the character would have to be recast as younger with Anderson playing a cameo or minor supporting role—a gambit that worked very well in 1994’s Maverick.

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 06:01 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by milesperminute
    on 2009-03-17 at 08:19
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    I’m going to show up to the theater with a piece of paper with a rubber band around it, with “ADMIT ONE” written in marker… see if I can MacGuyver my way in.

  2. Written by djpowwow
    on 2009-03-17 at 13:06
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    This is, without a doubt, the most awesome news I’ve heard in a while. I just hope whomever they snag to play the “new” Angus MacGuyver (that’s right, even I remember that his first name was Angus), that they’ll at least have the courtesy to keep the mullet.

    On a side note, don’t mean to nit-pick your writing, but did you mean to say “television-to-film adaptation” instead of “movie-to-film adaptations”?

  3. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2009-03-17 at 15:26
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    @djpowwow: *facefault* Will fix that, thanks.

  4. Written by MO
    on 2009-03-17 at 17:14
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    I don’t think casting will be a problem.
    All it will need is a paper-clip, the battery of a mobile phone, maybe a chewing gum and an old shoe so MacGuyver can build himself a time machine to bring his younger self from the TV series onto the movie set. Easy!

  5. Written by TheDJGuy
    on 2009-03-19 at 06:26
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    milesperminute’s post introduces a valid observation… “MacGuyver” is now a vowel. It’s a vowel used in daily conversation, even in the very first episode of Stargate SG-1. How often will Raffaella Productions be tempted to insert some variation on the phrase… “C’mon Mac! Just MacGuyer a solution!”

  6. Written by DeadMeat
    on 2009-03-19 at 12:08
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    TheDJGuy I don’t want to sound like a nitpicker but it’s a verb not a vowel. A E I O U and sometimes Y are vowels.

  7. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2009-03-19 at 12:32
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    @TheDJGuy: I was trying to figure out how to use that observation in the article, but couldn’t come up with something that everyone else hasn’t written yet. As it is, I think I totally copped out on the headline.

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