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‘Saw’ director James Wan to direct ‘MacGyver’ film

By Daniel S Levine,

Saw director James Wan is in talks to direct a film based on the MacGyver TV series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wan will helm the film about the famous detective who could take everyday objects and somehow use them to escape dangerous situations. Bangkok Dangerous writer Jason Richman wrote the script, which was revised by Brian and Mark Gunn.

Wan’s reps later confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly on Monday.

The project is being produced by Raffaella and Martha De Laurentiis and MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff.

MacGyver ran for seven season from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson in the title role. Ironically, Saturday Night Live’s parody, MacGruber, got a film before the original character, with Will Forte as MacGruber.

Wan directed the original Saw film in 2004, launching a successful, low-budget horror series for Lionsgate that spawned several sequels over the past decade. Wan’s last project was Insidious, another microbudget horror film. His next film is New Line’s The Conjuring, which will be out this summer.

 

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