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.
Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
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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).