‘Saw’ Director James Wan to Direct ‘MacGyver’

No, not MacGruber… MacGyver. The hit TV show, starring Richard Dean Anderson as a secret agent who didn’t like guns but DID like building improvised bombs and other clever homebrew options to escape from dangerous situations, is coming to theaters. Finally. Producers have been trying to make a MacGyver movie for some time, and the flat box office of parody takeoff MacGruber isn’t changing that.

Now the film is happening, with an unlikely director. James Wan, who helped create Saw, directed Insidious, and just finished The Conjuring for New Line, is being given more than a paperclip and stick of gun to cobble together an explosive update of the TV series. Now that I think about it, though, maybe the guy who helped create a horror series about a character who cobbles together fancy traps isn’t such a left-field choice for MacGyver. Read More »

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With MacGruber set to hit theaters, Wanrer Bros/New Line is fast tracking development on a big screen adaptation of the hit television show MacGyver (development was first announced in March). Raffaella and Martha De Laurentiis are producing, along with series creator Lee Zlotoff.

Risky Business is reporting that Jason Richman has been hired to pen the script. Richman is a credited screenwriter on Bangkok Dangerous, Swing Vote, and Bad Company, while he did uncredited work on films including Black Hawk Down, Rush Hour 3, and the proposed Beverly Hills Cop 4. Besides BHD, Richman’s resume of films looks pretty poor if you ask me.

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First Look: Kevin Costner in Swing Vote

Kevin Costner in Swing Vote

In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote. Swing Vote stars Kevin Costner as Bud Johnson, a working-class single father who has the ultimate decision to elect the next President of the United States. Disney chairman Dick Cook called Swing Vote, “a timely and heartfelt story that is sure to touch and entertain moviegoers in the same way that some of the classic films by Frank Capra have done in the past.” Yeah, a little bit skeptical over here. Frank Capra? really? Joshua Michael Stern, the writer of the 2007 direct-to-dvd Wesley Snipes action film The Contractor, helmed this project based on a script he also wrote with Jason Richman, writer of the very forgettable 2002 action comedy Bad Company starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock.

The cast also includes Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, Mare Winningham, Richard Petty and Willie Nelson and introducing Madeline Carroll. Hopper and Grammer play the Democratic candidate and Republican incumbent, while Lane and Tucci will play their respective campaign managers. Lopez is the local TV station manager of the town which is transformed the political world stage.

Touchtone Pictures will release Swing Vote on August 1st 2008, up against The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Rocker, and the New York and Los Angeles release of Choke.

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