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'MacGyver' Movie Moves Forward With 'Insidious' & 'Saw' Helmer James Wan To Direct

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 12, 2012 at 3:25PM

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Well, Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma are going to be thrilled. While it might seem new, a movie about "MacGyver" has been brewing for years (at one point, the show's creator tried to sue to stop the release of "MacGruber") and it's now kicking back to life.

Variety reports that New Line is so jazzed about "Insidious" and "Saw" director James Wan's upcoming "The Conjuring," they've given him the keys to the TV property for a feature-length treatment. And that's really the whole of the news at this point. It's not clear if the 62-year-old Richard Dean Anderson will reprise his role (we don't see that happening, but a supporting or cameo turn, sure) or what the tone of the movie will be. There is a script by Jason Richman ("Swing Vote," "Bangkok Dangerous") that was recently given a once over by Brian and Mark Gunn ("Bring It On Again," "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island") so, uh, yeah.

If you're too young to remember, the show chronicled the weekly adventures of the titular hero, who caught the bad guys and got out of dangerous situations usually thanks to whatever was lying around (string, gum, etc.) but never with guns. Of course, Will Forte created the spoof character MacGruber who migrated from a series of awesomely absurd shot skits on "Saturday Night Live" to a full-length feature. We can't imagine taking the character seriously again, though who knows, maybe it'll work. Or perhaps, they'll wisely go the "Starsky & Hutch," full tongue-in-cheek route.

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