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'MacGyver' Movie Gets Green Light For Development

We first told you about a 'MacGyver' movie in the works last year, and now the project is finally heading into development.

New Line will be producing the 'big budget' feature alongside series creator Lee Zlotoff after acquiring the rights to the film.

Fans of the original series, which ran from 1985-92, will remember the adventures of extremely resourceful secret agent MacGyver, who would escape from dangerous situations using his knowledge of science and engineering. It ran for seven seasons from September 29, 1985 to January 13, 1992 as a Monday night staple on ABC.

Two made for television films were made after the show's cancellation, also starring series lead Richard Dean Anderson.

The show has maintained a cult following even after being off the air for more than a decade, and the word has earned a place in pop culture for anyone attempting to come up with a solution out of household items. On the show, MacGyver did everything from make explosives using household chemicals, to using a stick of chewing gum to repair a blown fuse.

The studio is hoping it can make a movie that sticks to the feel of the original series, while remaining a fun adventure for the uninitiated.

"We think we're a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise," jokes New Line's Richard Brener.

March 16, 2009 |

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