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James Wan has opened up about his ideas and vision for the now defunct New Line Cinema ‘MacGyver’ movie in an interview with Commingsoon.net.
New Line Cinema had originally be given the rights to produce the movie for MacGyver owner Lee Zlotoff and hired Wan to direct the then unscripted movie, but the company was unable to come up with an acceptable story or script to suit Zlotoff’s requirements and the rights were reverted back to him after Wan left to direct Furious 7.
“My initial concept was I wanted to do a young college MacGyver who went to Boston, one of the great universities, who’s really brilliant, right?”, “I wanted to put my MacGyver story around something like a ‘North by Northwest': He gets blamed for something that he had designed, something really big that’s something everyone wanted.”
Read the full interview here
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MacGyver will make his long awaited return to UK television this February on CBS’s UK channel ‘CBS Action’.
Screening U.S series, movies and dramas, CBS-Action is the home of action and adventure for UK viewers with an impressive lineup off both new and classic shows and movies, from Star Trek to Walker, Texas Ranger through to NCIS, Dexter and Ultimate Force.
MacGyver looks to have multiple viewings on each day with a somewhat jumbled daily schedule but starting with the pilot episode on Thursday 5th February 2015 at 5am & 7pm.
See the CBS schedule for daily viewing times.
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CBS-Paramount are set to re-release the MacGyver complete series in a new DVD set on April 7th. It will include the same 39 discs as the original 2007 release as well as the 2 made for TV movies but will be housed in new “shelf friendly” packaging. There is no mention of any extras or enhancements being included in this release.
The full series was first released in 2007 to wide criticism on the poor presentation and inadequate disc protection compared to the previously released individual season box-sets. The original set is still widely available but has been officially discontinued by the studio. While there are no current details about the new packaging other than the below image showing the new artwork, the term “shelf friendly” would indicate a better housing system than the original set.
As of the time of writing Amazon.com have this set available for pre-order at a discounted price of $62.99 USD, down from the normal price of $89.98 USD.
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The float home used as MacGyver’s house, in 4 seasons of the show, is up for sale for the second time in 2 years. However this time it’s less than half the original asking price and in dire need of repairs.
Advertised yesterday on Craigs List as a “Fixer Upper” the Lands End float home is listed at $36,000, a fraction of it’s original $200,000 price tag. The listing states that the floats need repairing and the house itself is in need of some TLC, although non of the internal images show any obvious damage, there is visible damage to the railing on the outside deck.
The float home was originally used in seasons 3-6 of the long running action-adventure TV show ‘MacGyver’ where it was inaccuracy refereed to as a house boat – inaccurate because houseboats have motors for self propulsion and are designed as livable boats, where-as Float homes must be towed into position and are designed to remain docked.
The house was sold in late 2012 after extensive renovations had been carried out by it’s then owners who had purchased the home after Paramount Studios had finished using it. At the time of their sale the house was in immaculate condition; listed as still being located at Grants Landing, Vancouver, the float home has now obviously been left to run down since the purchase.
UPDATE: Jan 24, 2015
We have had confirmation that the float home was sold on Jan 12, 2015. No further details are available at this time.
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MacGyver fans will soon have the first ever Richard Dean Anderson sanctioned MacGyver collectable.
Commissioned and announced today by Legends Canada on behalf of Richard Dean Anderson, this limited edition collectable contains a MacGyver engraved Swiss Army Knife, a still of MacGyver holding the knife and RDA’s signature along with a short blurb about the show all beautifully housed behind glass and framed in black.
This outstanding limited edition item will be the pride of any Richard Dean Anderson collector.
Release date is yet to be announced.