There’s a whole lot of MacGyver coming our way because not only is CBS working on a TV series reboot, but Lionsgate has announced that it is working on a big-screen version of the hit 1980s action-adventure series.
The news was announced earlier today by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer who revealed the movie will be produced by the series’ creator himself, Lee David Zlotoff, and the Fast and Furious movie franchise producer Neal Moritz. As for any details about the movie, Lionsgate kept pretty mum about it so we know nothing, zilch, nada. For now.
I have fond memories of MacGyver, a series that followed the exploits of Richard Dean Anderson as Department of External Services secret agent Angus MacGyver for seven seasons (1985 to 1992) on ABC. The titular hero is mostly remembered for his uncanny ability to solve complex problems by using everyday objects (such as paper clips, and good old fashioned tape) and his trusty Swiss Army knife. Today’s expression to “Pull a MacGyver” means fixing any problem by using only the most basic tools on hand, including and not limited to paperclips, tape, coat-hangers, etc., etc, etc. You get the gist.
The news comes hot-on-the-heels of CBS’ announcement two days ago that they were working on a “reimagining” of the popular series and that it would center on a “20-something MacGyver who is recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters.” A pilot was ordered.
What do you think? Is Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of MacGyver one too many?