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Who better to direct the MacGyver movie than James Wan, the man who made Insidious and Saw

Nov. 12, 2012by: Alex Maidy

I always am open for directors to try new genres and new movies, but this is a weird mix. James Wan, who helped create the SAW franchise, INSIDIOUS, and the upcoming THE CONJURING, is in talks to direct the big screen version of MACGYVER, according to Variety.

MACGYVER was the 80s action series starring Richard Dean Anderson about an agent of the fictional government agency The Phoenix Foundation. MacGyver never carried a gun, using his wits and whatever was lying around to fight criminals.

Paperclips, chewing gum, toilet paper rolls, a Bic pen, you name it and Angus MacGyver could diffuse a bomb with it. The series has most recently been spoofed via MACGRUBER, the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch turned big screen abomination.

There is no word on plot, release dates, or anything beyond Wan's possible involvement at this point. I would say skip this idea entirely. MACGRUBER has mocked the original so much that I don't think there would be any way of making it into a serious movie. Maybe I am wrong and there is some way of injecting something unique into the plot. Otherwise, I will stick with reruns on Nick at Nite.

Source: Variety

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9:29PM on 11/13/2012

MacGruber is a big screen abomination?

I'm sorry you don't have a sense of humor.
I'm sorry you don't have a sense of humor.
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6:46AM on 11/13/2012

this could easilly work

If they make it like mission impossible, where he is send on missions and has to find the best wayvin and out, like ethan hunt but with the difference that he relies more on his brains than his body, trying to do the missions with minimum violence.
If they make it like mission impossible, where he is send on missions and has to find the best wayvin and out, like ethan hunt but with the difference that he relies more on his brains than his body, trying to do the missions with minimum violence.
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3:43AM on 11/13/2012
Big time MacGyver here, just like the rest. But I don't get how people "can't see" this working as a film.

I for one am amazed that it hasn't been tried yet. Two ways to go on this one;
1. Keep it in the 80's, with a slight layer of comedy and tongue-in-cheekiness.
2. The good ol' ground-it-in-reality Dark Knight/Jason Bourne route.

Number 2 is the way to go if you ask me. This could really be good, just take Wan out of the equation.
Big time MacGyver here, just like the rest. But I don't get how people "can't see" this working as a film.

I for one am amazed that it hasn't been tried yet. Two ways to go on this one;
1. Keep it in the 80's, with a slight layer of comedy and tongue-in-cheekiness.
2. The good ol' ground-it-in-reality Dark Knight/Jason Bourne route.

Number 2 is the way to go if you ask me. This could really be good, just take Wan out of the equation.
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12:06AM on 11/13/2012
I don't care much for Wan but I would be a bad judge since I'm not into the SAW type of movies. I am a sucker for MacGyver though and even if Nick Cage was the bad guy and Mark Ruffalo the side kick I would watch it... Maybe not if Ruffalo was in it.
MacGyver marked my childhood. I remember watching it with my dad. I hope it stays serious and involves Richard Dean Anderson.
I don't care much for Wan but I would be a bad judge since I'm not into the SAW type of movies. I am a sucker for MacGyver though and even if Nick Cage was the bad guy and Mark Ruffalo the side kick I would watch it... Maybe not if Ruffalo was in it.
MacGyver marked my childhood. I remember watching it with my dad. I hope it stays serious and involves Richard Dean Anderson.
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11:47PM on 11/12/2012
I dunno, MacGyver is very firmly a product of the 80s for me, and a character who works best in a series format. I think it would be a fair bit harder for him to make a transition to a modern-day movie than, say, it was for the A-Team, and even then that flick had its detractors. At any rate, we need Richard Dean Anderson to make a cameo at the very least, and may MacGyver can start taking apart iPhones and stuff.
I dunno, MacGyver is very firmly a product of the 80s for me, and a character who works best in a series format. I think it would be a fair bit harder for him to make a transition to a modern-day movie than, say, it was for the A-Team, and even then that flick had its detractors. At any rate, we need Richard Dean Anderson to make a cameo at the very least, and may MacGyver can start taking apart iPhones and stuff.
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6:08PM on 11/12/2012
More importantly, who would play MacGyver? Would Richard Dean Anderson return to the role? I'd hope so. Hard to imagine anyone else, really.
More importantly, who would play MacGyver? Would Richard Dean Anderson return to the role? I'd hope so. Hard to imagine anyone else, really.
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7:07PM on 11/12/2012
Sorry, but that's a pretty ridiculous notion. There's not doubt it's going to be a remake.
Sorry, but that's a pretty ridiculous notion. There's not doubt it's going to be a remake.
7:25PM on 11/12/2012
As much as I'd like to think you're wrong, I think you're right.
As much as I'd like to think you're wrong, I think you're right.
8:05PM on 11/12/2012
They introduced his son in the last episode. Bring back RDA for us "old" folks and then the studio can rest easy with some young blood as his son. Yeeeeaaah... ain't never gonna happen.
They introduced his son in the last episode. Bring back RDA for us "old" folks and then the studio can rest easy with some young blood as his son. Yeeeeaaah... ain't never gonna happen.
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5:27PM on 11/12/2012
I don't mind James Wan, he's hit and miss, but I don't see him handling a MacGyver movie very well. I'm not even sure how a MacGyver movie would work. They had some mediocre MacGyver tv films in the 90's, so I guess it could work somewhat similarly, but as far as directors go, I'd like to see someone more accustomed to the adventure genre than Wan.
I don't mind James Wan, he's hit and miss, but I don't see him handling a MacGyver movie very well. I'm not even sure how a MacGyver movie would work. They had some mediocre MacGyver tv films in the 90's, so I guess it could work somewhat similarly, but as far as directors go, I'd like to see someone more accustomed to the adventure genre than Wan.
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