James Wan, getting ready for the madness that will come when Furious 7 is released, has been talking about another project that almost happened under his direction… the resurrection of MacGyver!
Sadly, the second coming of everyone’s favourite ‘get out of anything’ TV character was set back because the director took up the Fast & Furious reigns instead: “I love MacGyver. I do! What kind of sucked was, and not fully sucked, I had to give MacGyver up to pursue ‘Furious 7,’” Wan said.
“So that was what I had to give up. I [think] New Line, that I was going to do it with at the time, no longer has the rights to it. So yeah, I don’t know where it is at this point. Yeah, I love the concept behind ‘MacGyver,’ and I love the direction that we were going with it.”
So what was the idea behind the movie? “My initial concept was I wanted to do a young college MacGyver who went to Boston, one of the great universities, who’s really brilliant, right?
“He’s so smart he could never feel like he fit into a world that is an establishment. So he’s always a bit of an outsider. He’s very crafty, he’s very smart, all kinds of science and mathematics and engineering. I wanted to put my MacGyver story around something like a ‘North by Northwest': He gets blamed for something that he had designed, something really big that’s something everyone wanted, and now someone has weaponized it and everyone’s coming after him. He’s running for his life and he’s trying to clear his name, not quite unlike the structure of ‘Enemy of the State.’ So imagine ‘Enemy of the State’ if Will Smith had the brains of MacGyver.”
It certainly sounds like it could have been fun and, if done right, another crazy franchise…