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Speculation continues to swirl around the possibility of a new MacGyver on our screens and who will play the lead.
There was strong indications that Young & Restless actor, Justin Hartley was being courted for the lead, but we now hear that Justin has just signed a 2 year contract to stay with Y&R which puts him out of the running for any role which might eventuate.
Reports were riff that James Wan, Henry Winkler and R. Scott Gemmill were all on board for the new show which would see Wan directing the pilot episode, but so far there has been no confirmation from anyone, which leaves fans wondering what’s actually going on and if this story is in fact nothing more than ‘Chinese whispers’ from the Hollywood rumor mill.
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Updated: October 4, 2015
According to The Hollywood Reporter CBS are looking at rebooting MacGyver with James Wan to direct.
The report claims that R. Scott Gemmill will pen the script and exec produce alongside Henry Winkler with James Wan directing the pilot. Wan has already described his vision for the now-defunct MacGyver movie, so this may be a second chance for Wan to realize his vision of a new MacGyver.
The show will apparently revolve around a twentysomething Angus MacGyver who gets recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The CBS series is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
There is no mention in this report of Lee Zlotoff’s role in the show. Zlotoff is the owner of the MacGyver copyright and – as we understand it – needs to give his stamp of approval on any new MacGyver project. It’s conceivable that this is a preliminary idea from CBS being floated to see if it is in fact possible.
This announcement comes on the back of what seems to be a reboot frenzy in Hollywood at the moment with The A Team, Minority report, X Files, Uncle Buck, Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon all being lined up for the reboot treatment with mixed results. Minority Report hasn’t lived up to the potential thus far, Heroes: reborn had modest reviews while Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ has had positive reviews.
Only time will tell how this MacGyver reboot plan will pan out and if they have enough duck tape and paper clips to MacGyver it together.
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Richard Dean Anderson as ‘MacGyver’
In their latest release of new words, MacGyver has finally made the cut and been added to the Oxford Dictionary as a verb meaning “making or repairing (an object) in an improvised or inventive way”.
For years it has been claimed that MacGyver was a verb found in “all major dictionaries”, however anyone who has ever tried to find it will tell you it just isn’t so. Until now the word hasn’t been in any of the major dictionaries, including online ones, yet in spite of this the claim has continued to be made.
The dictionary lists the word as being a US Informal verb and shows it’s origin as being from “the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way.”
Now that the word is officially listed in the Oxford Dictionary it will be interesting to see how long other dictionaries take to follow suit in addint to their lists.
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UPDATE May 20, 2015: This item has been permanently withdrawn from sale.
Commissioned and released for sale today by Legends Canada on behalf of Richard Dean Anderson, this limited edition collectible contains a MacGyver engraved Swiss Army Knife, a still of MacGyver holding the knife and RDA’s engraved 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 and the center piece of your MacGyver collection.
Update from Legends Canada.
Legends Canada greatly appreciates the response of fans since the launch of the new MacGyver Swiss Army knife display. Due to the overwhelming demand we are currently accepting orders on the basis they will be shipped in late April and early May. Please note in the product description that due to safety factors, the frame will not be shipped with glass. It can be enjoyed as-is, or you can obtain a standard 8×10 piece of glass from your local frame shop. On behalf of Richard and Legends Canada, thank you for your interest!
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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