New Line is developing a movie based on the hit TV series MacGyver, which turned Richard Dean Anderson into a star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis, is producing through her Raffaella Productions, along with Martha De Laurentiis and series creator Lee Zlotoff. Dino De Laurentiis is executive-producing.
MacGyver was a science-oriented adventure series that ran from 1985-'92 on ABC. Richard Dean Anderson, later of Stargate SG-1, starred as an incredibly resourceful secret agent for the Phoenix Foundation who frequently would escape from dangerous situations with ingenious and lightning-quick engineering trickery.
Two telefilms starring Anderson aired in the years after the show's cancellation. The character eventually achieved enough cultural penetration to become a reference for anyone attempting to jury-rig a solution out of household items. Anderson himself reprised the character in a MasterCard TV commercial in 2006 and again in a series of Saturday Night Live "MacGruber" sketches and Pepsi commercials.
No writer is attached, but the studio hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place in pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie.