This daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, has followed in producing highly commercial fare. Raffaella De Laurentiis earned her stripes working for her father before striking out on...
I know exactly what you're thinking: Bond. Bourne. Hunt. MacGyver. Yep, you heard that last one correctly: MacGyver. Men in America need a real role model, you see. No more of these suave, three-steps-ahead-of-you thinkers, with their big guns and fancy gadgets and crazy top-secret government training. It's time for a real crafty man to jump back into the fold. Which is why James Wan is in talks to direct a movie based off the popular extreme DIYer, MacGyver. The film is being headed up over at New Line, says Variety, and the company has decided to chat up Wan about helming the reboot after his supernatural horror flick, The Conjuring performed well with test audiences, therefore pleasing the good ol' boys running the studio.
For those that have somehow never heard of the famous TV agent, the movie version of MacGyver would be based on the popular 1980s TV series starring Richard Dean Anderson. The show followed his Angus MacGyver while he fought criminals the old-fashioned way: without guns or heavy weapons, just good old ingenuity to fight his weekly bad guys. Wits and whatever's lying around—not quite what Bond's MO is, huh? The show was a big hit for ABC—running seven years and subsequently spawning two made-for-tv movies.
So far, no plot details have leaked to the press, though it is being reported that the script's first draft was penned by Jason Richman, most recently worked on by Brian and Mark Gunn. Uber-famous cinema family, Martha and Raffaella De Laurentiis are producing through their Dino De Laurentiis Company with Lee David Zlotoff. No word on how prominently pens and gum will be featured in the upcoming version.
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Source: Risky Business
While MacGruber steals his pop-culture thunder momentarily, Warner Bros and New Line are not so quietly developing a feature film based on the character that Will Forte has made relevant again. That's right folks: Risky Business reports that a MacGyver movie is on the way.
Jason Richman, who has worked on films like Black Hawk Down and Bad Company, has been hired by the studio to write the script. Raffaella 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 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.
It's no surprise that interest has been renewed in the character. MacGruber is tracking very well and the reviews are coming in surprisingly positive (read our's here), which is all the motivation a major movie studio needs to greenlight a project with a pre-sold audience like MacGyver has. In addition, we've lately seen a great deal of throwback to the products of yesteryear, from the Land of the Lost to this summers The A-Team, which means that a Golden Girls prequel could very well be next.
Named president of production, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (appointed January; announced resignation in August)
Produced "Kull the Conquerer"
First job in production (as assistant), "Hurricane" (produced by father; released in 1979)
Moved to Bora Bora to spend two years designing and supervising construction of the Hotel Marara, built to house the cast and crew of "Hurricane"
Began film career as a prop assistant and set dresser at age 15; advanced to art direction and costume design
Produced "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"; initial collaboration with director Rob Cohen
Produced first major American film to be shot in China, "Tai-Pan"
Formed Raffaella Productions, Inc.
Executive produced "Vanishing Son" movies for TV
Produced "Dragonheart" and "Daylight"; both directed by Rob Cohen
This daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, has followed in producing highly commercial fare. Raffaella De Laurentiis earned her stripes working for her father before striking out on her own, with such Rob Cohen-directed features as "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993), "Dragonheart" and "Daylight" (both 1996).<p> As a teenager, De Laurentiis started her career in movies in the late 1960s working as an assistant in props and set dressing on her father's films. By 1973, she had become an assistant in costume design on Luchino Visconti's "Ludwig", but soon decided to move into film producing instead. She worked as a production assistant on another of her father's film, "Hurricane" (made in 1977, released 1979). While her initiation as producer came with the South Seas romance "Beyond the Reef" (1981), her sophomore effort, "Conan the Barbarian" (1981), brought her and her star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to international prominence. Before overseeing the sequel "Conan the Destroyer" (1985), De Laurentiis worked on David Lynch's overblown yet visually striking box-office bomb "Dune" (1984).<p> The producer made motion picture history in 1986 with "Tai-Pan", the first American production to be filmed in the Peoples Republic of China. Despite that cachet, the result was a confusing, badly acted, unsubtle adventure. The following year, De Laurentiis briefly joined her father's company as head of production, but struck out on her own in 1988. Her maiden effort, "Prancer" (1989), was a family Christmas story that disappeared faster than melting snow. By the 90s, however, she began to fare better, notably with the biopic of Bruce Lee, "Dragon", and other more action-oriented melodramas, including Ron Howard's profile of firefighters, "Backdraft" (1991) and "Kull the Conqueror" (1997), a mythical sword and sorcery epic starring Kevin Sorbo. De Laurentiis has occasionally worked in TV, notably co-executive producing (with Rob Cohen) four "Vanishing Son" TV-movies and a subsequent spin-off series.