MacGyver To Jump To Big Screen

Using a ball point pen, three paper clips and a rubber band, MacGyver is being development into a feature film by New Line.

MacGyver was an adventure series that ran from 1985-1992 on ABC. Richard Dean Anderson, later of Stargate: Atlantis and SG-1 fame, 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 TV films 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. Saturday Night Live took the concept to the next level with its spoofs MacGruber, starring Will Forte.

No writer is attached, but the studio hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place into pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie.

“We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise,” said New Line’s Richard Brener, who will oversee with Sam Brown and Walter Hamada.

source: Hollywood Reporter.