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Posted: 14 December 2011 - 07:28 PM                                    
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The world needs MacGyver according to its creator Lee David Zlotoff. In an interview given earlier this year he said “I am convinced that, given the current pressures on national and global resources—like food, water, energy, etc.—certainly this country, if not the world– needs a hero like MacGyver now.”

The interview covered many aspects of MacGyver from how the character was conceived, through to how Zlotoff came to own the movie rights and on to revealing new details about the plot of the upcoming movie which he hopes to be in production next year. “The current story we’re working on is how MacGyver came to be MacGyver.” Zlotoff said. ” What we call a creation story, but contemporary. It’s as if there has never been such a character. What you might call rebooting the character. Kind of like they did with Spiderman and Batman.” He went on to say that the new MacGyver will be just as familiar with today’s technology as the old MacGyver was with the technology of his day. He also said that he is hopeful that RDA will agree to do a cameo appearance in the movie, but stressed that this was still is discussions.


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After years of rumours and speculations there is at last a piece of concrete information on the production of a MacGyver movie!! Given the success of RDA it's hard to find a suitable actor portraying Mac but I am really looking forward to it.

 
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Yep, it's good to finally here it "from the horses mouth".

Lee made a good point about Toby McGuire in Spiderman. And there does seem to be a trend of some sort towards casting relatively unknown actors in big movie roles these days.


 
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Posted: 16 December 2011 - 02:56 AM                                    
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Aaaaaaaand my last hope is gone. as We've said before: RDA is what made MacGyver who he is. If they are trying to revamp it then there will only be a shell of what they started with before RDA was hired. The only thing I will feel is a sadness and desire to watch my episodes. So sad:(

 
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Again I was thinking about this lately. And again as I've said so many times before my main choice would still be Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost). Though not as tall as RDA I think and the wrong eye color. He'd be my choice but he could get the right haircut for it.

It's either him or Dennis Leary. Though Dennis Leary must be in his early fifties. But if you have seen the series Rescue Me or the movie Judgment Night, he might be up for it. He's already got the right haircut for it and in Rescue Me it appeared he also loves ice hockey.

 
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I still think it would be cool if they could get RDA to bookend the movie-- He could play an old MacGyver, in the middle of his own adventure, and then the movie flashes back to show us how he became the man he is, so we watch a younger Mac for most of the movie, and at the end, it flashes forward again to RDA as old Mac, finishing up his current adventure. I can totally understand not wanting to use RDA for most of the movie, but I think this would be a good compromise to satisfy the old fans while also bringing in a younger audience and rebooting the series.

As for who should play the younger Mac... I don't know. Josh Holloway is an interesting suggestion, but only if he can get rid of the southern accent. He does have the right appearance for the part. (man, that would be weird-- seeing a character from one of my favorite adulthood shows, portraying the character from my favorite childhood show!) But I think Josh is too old-- didn't they say they wanted somebody in their twenties? Maybe Justin Beiber? (kidding!!!)

 
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Remember though that this is going to be a reboot to bring MacGyver into the current time frame. I don't think 80's style hair cuts and clothing will work for that.

This is about taking the essence of MacGyver and bringing it into the here and now just like they did with Spiderman and Batman Begins.

You can't make a movie for today with the character stuck in the 80's. Well, you can, but it'll end up like the Starsky and Hutch movie and I don't think any of us want MacGyver going down that rout.




 
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I have a hard time imagining MacGyver being played by a different actor, but I think the fact that the original creator is involved will make sure that the movie will stick to the original rules and values of the show, unlike the new Star Trek movie for example.
One thing that many people may find unimportant; but I hope that they will ask Dennis McCarthy to compose the music for the movie, this would help the movie to keep the show's original feel, I really loved the themes he developed for the series and the dramatic feel / tension he was able to create with his music, more so than Harrison or Edelman.

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QUOTE (Mac Jackson @ 16 December 2011 - 03:59 AM)
Aaaaaaaand my last hope is gone. as We've said before: RDA is what made MacGyver who he is. If they are trying to revamp it then there will only be a shell of what they started with before RDA was hired. The only thing I will feel is a sadness and desire to watch my episodes. So sad:(

I have to disagree with that.

Yes RDA helped to build the character, but as we've seen by comparing the series to the 2 TV movies, one RDA does not a MacGyver make. The movies had RDA in them and yet Trail to Doomsday had no resemblance to MacGyver at all. Even Atlantis struggles to keep the MacGyver feel to it.

The other thing to remember is this movie is about how the young MacGyver got to be the older RDA MacGyver. So of coarse he will have a different personality to begin with, but what teen/young adult doesn't? Personality, mannerisms, etc are things we learn and pick up as we grow and mature, and it sounds like this movie will take us on that journey of growth with MacGyver.


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I also have to say that with all the whinging and whining we hear about the amount of violence and sex on TV and in movies these days and how it's degenerating our society, I would have thought more people would have been pleased to see the return of a character which promotes the values which so many of us complain are missing in today's world instead of immediately assigning to the fail bin.

I just don't get it.

 
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I like the idea of having RDA bookend the movie, much like George Hall bookended the episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. As Miasma said, it would please older fans of MacGyver while introducing a younger generation to the world of sak.gif, duct.gif, clip.JPG and mullets. ohmy.gif)

So long as MacGyver, at the age he is now, is not played by a different actor that will be okay with me. RDA is MacGyver just like Tom Selleck is Magnum P.I. and Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. There are certain characters that can not and should not be played by any actor other than the actor who originated the role.

 
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I can remember a few years back when it was first announced that Lee David Zlotoff had the rights to make the MacGyver film, I was extremely excited and relieved that someone connected to the show had power over the film.

But now I strongly feel that Lee David Zlotoff is just exploiting MacGyver for commercial gain. After the pilot episode he was not involved with the show at all. He has seen how Hollywood has butchered remakes and reboots to make a few extra bucks, and now he wants in.

I understand how Batman, Superman, and Spiderman can be rebooted, they are comic-book, fantasy-based superheros with superpowers. But Mac is Mac, he is not a comic-book superhero or "reboot-able". I am not looking forward to this movie.

 
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QUOTE (WhatMeWorry? @ 25 December 2011 - 09:09 AM)
But now I strongly feel that Lee David Zlotoff is just exploiting MacGyver for commercial gain. After the pilot episode he was not involved with the show at all. He has seen how Hollywood has butchered remakes and reboots to make a few extra bucks, and now he wants in.

I can absolutely assure you that Lee is not doing this for money!

He has an absolute passion for the MacGyver character and is commuted to maintaining the integrity of the character which is why most of the people involved in the project are MacGyver fans.



 
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QUOTE (WhatMeWorry? @ 25 December 2011 - 08:09 AM)
I can remember a few years back when it was first announced that Lee David Zlotoff had the rights to make the MacGyver film, I was extremely excited and relieved that someone connected to the show had power over the film.

But now I strongly feel that Lee David Zlotoff is just exploiting MacGyver for commercial gain. After the pilot episode he was not involved with the show at all. He has seen how Hollywood has butchered remakes and reboots to make a few extra bucks, and now he wants in.

I understand how Batman, Superman, and Spiderman can be rebooted, they are comic-book, fantasy-based superheros with superpowers. But Mac is Mac, he is not a comic-book superhero or "reboot-able". I am not looking forward to this movie.

I kinda agree with you. I just think Mac should be left alone. He's in the past. Bringing him into the future, hoping to win him new fans isn't going to work. Who will go see the MacGyver movie? MacGyver fans - namely, the die hards.

MacGyver was cool in the 80's and 90's and I think that is where he should stay.

 
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Why wont it work? What is it about MacGyver that wont work today?

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Who will go see the MacGyver movie? MacGyver fans - namely, the die hards.
Who would go to see yet another movie about the Titanic sinking? - Millions did. Who would go to see a movie based on that old outdated Mission Impossible show? - Enough people to warrant 2 sequels. A lot of a movies success depends on it's hype and I think that considering MacGyver is referenced almost daily be a myriad of media sources, this movie will have it's fair share of hype.

If you think about it, most movies don't have any fans to start with because they are one off stories which no-one knows anything about until they watch the the trailer or read a review. Yet people still go to see it. MacGyver already has a big fan-base plus is well known around the world.


 
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smile.gif I believe there will be a much wider audience than just the "die hard" MacGyver fans and followers out there who will go to such a movie ~ the potential audience could include:

Anyone in general who likes good adventure films;
The Indiana Jones/Romancing the Stone/National Treasure fans;
Many of the James Bond and Bourne followers;
Those who appreciate current TV shows like NCIS, CSI, Burn Notice, Undercover;
As well as fans of older shows like Relic Hunter, Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, The A-Team, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Avengers and The Baron...

~ and so the list of possibilities goes on and on.. tongue.gif

Those dyed-in-the-wool "hard core" MacGyver fans who want to "own" the Mac' that they love and adore and keep him in his 1980's image - don't have to either read the comics or watch the upcoming movie - they can stick to watching their re-runs over and over..

Some people once upon a time didn't believe that a studio could ever make "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Hobbit", either..

And long before that, some even believed the world to be flat. boxing.gif

 
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Whoa! Hold up. That's insulting and hostal to others who have a different opinion than you. Plus your missing the point of the problem at hand.
It isn't that people have a problem with a new MacGyver movie. The idea of a hero like MacGyver is eternally appealing and always wanted. However, I dispise the compairisons to Spiderman or Batman since they are comic characters subject to a writers revamp and then wiped clean and accepted but readers as ever changing (to a degree). The problem with doing a "Revamp" of him is where the problem lies. It wasn't the outline/general idea of what makes MacGyver special. It is what RDA did in that role that made him a legend. The moment he added his likes/dislikes, humor,backstory, etc. it became a solidified definition of MacGyver. No matter how much you try to bring back or "reimage" the character in a comic or movie (I will be getting both btw) without RDA you are already falling short of what made him so special. No matter how great they do with movie and book it will lack without RDA and we must all must accept.

 
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It wasn't the outline/general idea of what makes MacGyver special. It is what RDA did in that role that made him a legend.

Yet the only aspect of MacGyver which has become iconic is the MacGyverisms. Your average Joe Bloggs doesn't know or remember who played him, what his sense of humor was like or any of the other little things which are being presented as argument against a re-birth of the character. All they remember is MacGyver was that guy that made stuff out of junk and outwitted his opponents with it.

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No matter how great they do with movie and book it will lack without RDA and we must all must accept.

Your saying that because your more of an RDA fan than a MacGyver fan. I understand that RDA "built" the character, but I can't for the life of me see how that means he's the only person who can play the character.

Many people said Chris Reeves can never be replaced as Superman, but many of those same people liked Superman Returns, even though it had a different actor, they maintained the essence of the Chris Reeves incarnation. So I don't see any reason why that can't happen with MacGyver.

I continue to be really disappointing with the general negative response I'm seeing throughout the MacGyver fan community. It appears that the majority of so-called MacGyver fans are actually RDA fans more than they are MacGyver fans and they will willingly sacrifice any hope of seeing a successful return of the MacGyver character over RDA reprising the role.

 
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I'm afraid this movie will ruin the memory we all have of the show and character. This is a different show (not Batman or Charlie's Angels), it cannot be made new.

The new actor won't be as good as RDA, because it takes the right look in the eyes for some scenes, physical training for other scenes, it's not an easy character to play. They won't find another one as good as him and also not full of himself.

I hope RDA won't accept to appear on it because after all the efforts he made to create the character's image, now they are trying to replace him like an old shoe. It's not fair.


 
                                                                     
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As for who should play the younger Mac... I don't know. Josh Holloway is an interesting suggestion, but only if he can get rid of the southern accent. He does have the right appearance for the part. (man, that would be weird-- seeing a character from one of my favorite adulthood shows, portraying the character from my favorite childhood show!) But I think Josh is too old-- didn't they say they wanted somebody in their twenties?

Not that I can remember they wanted a twenty-something someone. I think Josh Holloway must be RDA's age early season 5 or something. When Sawyer was held captive in the cages around season 3 of Lost they once asked his age. He said 25 but Linus set him straight already knowing his true age 35. Could've been Holloway's actual age at the time. We're approximately 3 to 4 years later. He must be late thirties.

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Maybe Justin Beiber? (kidding!!!)

Then I'll make sure he'll never taste the fruits of life!

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Remember though that this is going to be a reboot to bring MacGyver into the current time frame. I don't think 80's style hair cuts and clothing will work for that.

I think it will. The 80's style still have left their marks on todays fashion. Alright maybe with exception of the collarless shirts. I don't think a jeans or sweater differs that much from now and than.

And I think that are many hairstyles that could be compared with then hairstyles. Okay long hair doesn't necessarily mean it's a mullet. MacGyver was to me more a guy with long hair than a mullet. Look at Hugh Jackman in most of his movies.

Or also Lost actor Henry Ian Cusick.

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Why I think Denis Leary would be a good choice.

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And why Josh Holloway would be first choice.

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Alright. I admit, maybe it needs some work.

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You can't make a movie for today with the character stuck in the 80's.

Not if you set the movies in the 80's like there are movies set in 30's or 40's.

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I have a hard time imagining MacGyver being played by a different actor

To be honest about having another actor to play MacGyver is something I've come to terms with especially after I saw his recent pictures here when he had car problems. If he's up for it, he has my blessing for sure but I don't think so.

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One thing that many people may find unimportant; but I hope that they will ask Dennis McCarthy to compose the music for the movie, this would help the movie to keep the show's original feel, I really loved the themes he developed for the series and the dramatic feel / tension he was able to create with his music, more so than Harrison or Edelman.

Not really. Don't forget it was Randy Edelman who invented the themes. I'd go directly to them to ask one of them three. Though my choice would be Ken Harrison. Or maybe William Ross he did some episodes of season 6 like Lesson in Evil and Trail of Tears.

When it comes to big movie composers my choices would be James Newton Howard or John Williams or Alan Silvestri. The first track of Batman Begins always reminds me of a MacGyverism also the track Setting up the trap from Home Alone by John Williams sounds like a MacGyverism scene. And Alan Silvestri, well he made a good score for The A-Team, I wouldn't be surprised if he would be asked to do the music more often for movies of 80's shows.

And in case the big dream might come true. Probably not but if JJ Abrams would direct it would probably be Lost-composer Michael Giacchino. After all it was them who brought back and made succesfull movies if not sequels of Mission Impossible and Star Trek. Both Paramount series.

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But now I strongly feel that Lee David Zlotoff is just exploiting MacGyver for commercial gain. After the pilot episode he was not involved with the show at all. He has seen how Hollywood has butchered remakes and reboots to make a few extra bucks, and now he wants in.

Probably to make sure MacGyver doesn't go that way.

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I kinda agree with you. I just think Mac should be left alone. He's in the past. Bringing him into the future, hoping to win him new fans isn't going to work. Who will go see the MacGyver movie? MacGyver fans - namely, the die hards.

MacGyver was cool in the 80's and 90's and I think that is where he should stay.

The world still needs MacGyver.

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I understand that RDA "built" the character, but I can't for the life of me see how that means he's the only person who can play the character.

Many people said Chris Reeves can never be replaced as Superman, but many of those same people liked Superman Returns, even though it had a different actor, they maintained the essence of the Chris Reeves incarnation. So I don't see any reason why that can't happen with MacGyver.

I can understand this. But the ones who were first will always be remembered as that character.

Just a question: Who's the real and only James Bond? Sean Connery? Roger Moore? Pierce Brosnan? Daniel Craig? Or the more forgetable ones like Timothy Dalton?

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I'm afraid this movie will ruin the memory we all have of the show and character. This is a different show (not Batman or Charlie's Angels), it cannot be made new.

Yes it can but it just need the right approach. That's why I'm glad Lee is on board. Too be honest since a lot of shows are being remade I wouldn't be surprised if Mac gets his remake on tv as well. It's as usual a far away dream and probably because I compare the world events with those of the past. And I said before: the world still needs MacGyver.

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The new actor won't be as good as RDA, because it takes the right look in the eyes for some scenes, physical training for other scenes, it's not an easy character to play. They won't find another one as good as him and also not full of himself.

Did you ever see Josh Holloway's angry look? It's a good look for being angry but also being concentrated. Look at Mac when he's isolating the wires in Stricktly Business.

And for the role's preparation you can send your actor to the gym. Harrison Ford also went to the fitness for The Temple of Doom.

Besides if I was director I would tell my lead actor to watch the whole show and study the character and take notes.

Just a little something I came up with. Can't remember if there was a script written or not but now with the upcoming comic, you think there might be a chance that if it's succesfull they might make a Mac-movie about it?

 
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Guys, we need to remember that this movie is about how MacGyver became MacGyver, which I presume means the lead actor will need to be early 20's and maybe even younger.

Here's something else to consider... of all the remakes and movies based on TV shows which are being used here as arguments against a MacGyver movie; I don't think a single one of them had the original creator involved.

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And in case the big dream might come true. Probably not but if JJ Abrams would direct it
He makes the wrong kind of movie, plus he's already proven he can't do remakes. He completed trashed Star Trek. I think Lee will be looking to get someone who knows MacGyver to direct it if he can.

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Just a little something I came up with. Can't remember if there was a script written or not but now with the upcoming comic, you think there might be a chance that if it's successful they might make a Mac-movie about it?
That will be entirely up to Lee Zlotoff as he owns the rights. I must say though, the storyline for the comic does sound like it would make a good action/adventure movie.

 
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I don't think they would take a minor to play a role like that.

Well, Star Trek blew me away but of course I'm not that familiar with the old Star Trek but for me it was a good start.

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As matter of fact there is. Stephen J. Cannell produced The A-Team movie. For as far I know, he's the only one.

 
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Oh and the Miami Vice movie was written, directed and produced by Michael Mann who produced the TV show as well. So that's two.

I haven't seen Miami Vice but I think the A-Team was a pretty good update and stayed true to the show.

So we can start to see a trend where movies which have involvement from the original producers or other influential members of the crew stay true to the show, while those movies which don't make a hash of it. Makes sense really.


 
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It wasn't the outline/general idea of what makes MacGyver special. It is what RDA did in that role that made him a legend.

Yet the only aspect of MacGyver which has become iconic is the MacGyverisms. Your average Joe Bloggs doesn't know or remember who played him, what his sense of humor was like or any of the other little things which are being presented as argument against a re-birth of the character. All they remember is MacGyver was that guy that made stuff out of junk and outwitted his opponents with it.

I stongly disagree. To test that I've asked around and most people either call RDA by name or have said the guy from Stargate. The way that this is being done is under the assumption( or would rather) that you can break down who MacGyver is by just the MacGyverisms. It's disrespectful and gimicky to only focus on that.


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No matter how great they do with movie and book it will lack without RDA and we must all must accept that.

Your saying that because your more of an RDA fan than a MacGyver fan. I understand that RDA "built" the character, but I can't for the life of me see how that means he's the only person who can play the character.

No, not at all. I love both equally. They are not exclusive. RDA made MacGyver more than the cookie cutter definition you're talking about. It was MacGyver who made me invest the time to see how close the actor is to the character and other than the MacGyverisms and adventures they are mostly the same. At least in the personallity areas. I'm all for a MacGyver movie as long as I come to peace with the fact that the heart,personality, etc. that RDA created won't be there. At best we'll have an exciting, fast paced entertaining movie. Will it influence my life for the better the way the show did? Probably not.


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Many people said Chris Reeves can never be replaced as Superman, but many of those same people liked Superman Returns, even though it had a different actor, they maintained the essence of the Chris Reeves incarnation. So I don't see any reason why that can't happen with MacGyver.

One, Superman came from a comic (and therefore was always accepted as a fluid property) that never had a concreate image/face before Reeve.
Two, Even the Routh did an excellent job in the Returns movie, he was imitating Reeve witch made the public miss Reeve even more.

If, say someone goes the complete opposite way and makes him nothing like RDA, then they are doomed as well. It's a no win situation.


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I continue to be really disappointing with the general negative response I'm seeing throughout the MacGyver fan community. It appears that the majority of so-called MacGyver fans are actually RDA fans more than they are MacGyver fans and they will willingly sacrifice any hope of seeing a successful return of the MacGyver character over RDA reprising the role.

Other then you thinking RDA/MacGyver fans are separate and exclusive I must agree with your last statement. When you hold something so dear and precious as we do of MacGyver and we see the iceburg ahead we feel compelled to yell out and warn others. Unless they were going to continue from the TV show story line focusing on RDA or MacGyvers son SAM, then it will have various degrees of lacking. So instead of tarnishing a great property I know I'd rather it not be made at all. I vlogged about that very point. I'll support any and all MacGyver related stuff but I/we need to accept where it will be different and lack.

 
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QUOTE (Mac Jackson @ 27 December 2011 - 04:09 AM)
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The idea of a hero like MacGyver is eternally appealing and always wanted. However, I dispise the compairisons to Spiderman or Batman since they are comic characters subject to a writers revamp and then wiped clean and accepted but readers as ever changing (to a degree).............................

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I didn't mention any superheroes or comic book characters in my post above, because I could see the strong probability of that very argument/point of view cropping up in this discussion..

 
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The idea of a hero like MacGyver is eternally appealing and always wanted

And yet you still argue that we should never bring back MacGyver unless RDA plays the role?

You just said a hero like MacGyver is always wanted. Lee Zlotoff believes it's not only wanted but needed. He's saying we need a hero who's realistic, who thinks first and outwits the situation rather than out shoots it. A hero who can be a role model for today and tomorrows generations.


 
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Right but once it's been done to such wonderful, personal, unique level due to the actors contribution anything less will be...less. Like I said before: That type of hero is wanted and desired but if your not continuing the story with the actor(in this case) who made him stand out more than a gimick hero then all we'll be left with is a, at best, a great movie about a gimick hero. The sould will be missing. I've already accepted it and plan to enjoy it as much as anyone can but be prepaired to miss the personal that RDA brought to it.

 
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One thing that many people may find unimportant; but I hope that they will ask Dennis McCarthy to compose the music for the movie, this would help the movie to keep the show's original feel, I really loved the themes he developed for the series and the dramatic feel / tension he was able to create with his music, more so than Harrison or Edelman.

Not really. Don't forget it was Randy Edelman who invented the themes. I'd go directly to them to ask one of them three. Though my choice would be Ken Harrison. Or maybe William Ross he did some episodes of season 6 like Lesson in Evil and Trail of Tears.

When it comes to big movie composers my choices would be James Newton Howard or John Williams or Alan Silvestri. The first track of Batman Begins always reminds me of a MacGyverism also the track Setting up the trap from Home Alone by John Williams sounds like a MacGyverism scene. And Alan Silvestri, well he made a good score for The A-Team, I wouldn't be surprised if he would be asked to do the music more often for movies of 80's shows.


I agree that William Ross would be a fantastic choice as well, Lesson in Evil and The Wasteland comes to mind. I know Edelman invented the actual theme but he didn't do much exciting after that, McCarthy's music was much more effective in my opinion. As far as Ken Harrison is concerned, I do enjoy his music but he quit composing many years ago, I doubt that he would come back for this. After McCarthy my first choice would be Ross, further possibilities other than the ones you mentioned would in my opinion be Don Davis and John Debney.

 
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Why not Bear Grylls for playing Mac Gyver ?

 
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QUOTE (cvays @ 8 January 2012 - 10:15 AM)
Why not Bear Grylls for playing Mac Gyver ?

Yeah that would be awesome! w00t.gif

Bear is like a real life MacGyver. And as a bit of a side note, he mentioned MacGyver was one of his fav shows when he was a kid.

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Well, not having RDA might end up being a detriment to the film, but at least we can probably assume that the supporting cast will be better in the movie than it was in the TV show because, let's be honest, there were some REALLY bad actors in the show!

I wonder what sort of cinematography the movie will have. I really hope they don't try too hard to over-stylize it. I don't want lots of fancy zooms, or constant quick panning (I couldn't stand watching the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" for that reason.) I hope they keep the camera work relatively simple.

Speaking of TV to Movie conversions-- I just read that the "24" movie is set to start filming this Spring! I have higher hopes for that than I do for the MacGyver movie.

 
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He has an absolute passion for the MacGyver character and is commuted to maintaining the integrity of the character which is why most of the people involved in the project are MacGyver fans.


Sorry again, but no one involved in the project are fans...even lz left the show after the pilot. (funny, he's not even a fan!) Plus none of the writers had ever even seen the show so they're sure not "fans" either.

maybe fresh blood will be good.

 
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Maybe when you have actually spoken with Lee and communicated with others involved in these new projects as I have, you'll be qualified to make such an assessment, but until then clearly your not.


 
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QUOTE (KiwiTek @ 12 January 2012 - 03:36 PM)
Maybe when you have actually spoken with Lee and communicated with others involved in these new projects as I have, you'll be qualified to make such an assessment, but until then clearly your not.

...what's your connection and what makes you qualified?

 
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Look around the site. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

In the mean time after seeing the comments you just tried to post on the news site, it appears you're here for no other reason than to be negative and try to wind people up.. commonly know as trolling.

That will need to stop if you want to continue being a member here.


 
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QUOTE (macman @ 12 January 2012 - 03:33 PM)
Sorry again, but no one involved in the project are fans...

Where did you hear that? Because, really, I have no idea what tv shows these people like or don't like, and I'm just wondering how you know.


 
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I am curious whether Lee David Zlotoff has rights to the MacGyver theme song and will be able to use it in the film. I am a big fan of film scores and I have been anxiously waiting for a large-scale orchestral version of the theme song for years.

I can remember reading paramount now owns the rights to the series logo/title, so now I am wondering if only paramount owns the theme song? If it is not used in the soundtrack I will be extremely disappointed. I am almost more excited for an orchestral theme than I am for the movie.

 
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Im curious about the theme song too! A good more modern version would be cool.

I live in hope that a movie is made.

I imagine that bringing the essence of Mac from the 80's into the now wouldn't be easy at all. And however they do the movie, not everyone will be pleased Im sure. But when the moviemakers get it right, they perform some kind of magic.

I reckon they would make him a little more athletic, more electronics/computer savvy (i.e.. cook a freshly caught squirrel with only his mobile phone and the sound of rushing water), as well as of course continuing to make him unusually gifted in almost all aspects of science, and hopefully still make it believable that one man can do all that...

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Maybe when you have actually spoken with Lee and communicated with others involved in these new projects as I have, you'll be qualified to make such an assessment, but until then clearly your not.


Actually I have.

 
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... it appears you're here for no other reason than to be negative and try to wind people up.. commonly know as trolling.

I don't see the reason to be defensive. We live in a capitalist society, where doing things for the purpose of making money is the norm. There's nothing "wrong" or "negative" in that.

 
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Sorry again, but no one involved in the project are fans...

Where did you hear that? Because, really, I have no idea what tv shows these people like or don't like, and I'm just wondering how you know.

Hey Miasma, I know because I work with some of them. That concerns me more than the fact that zlotoff's doing it for the money..duh, why wouldn't he? why shouldn't he? I'm concerned that the people involved don't get MacGyver like we do. They're banking on the hope that we'll buy tickets just because we're die hard loyalists, which is probably true. Maybe we'll get a good surprise. In the mean time..we've got reruns!

 
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So your saying you worked for some of "these people" whoever they are, and now your bad mouthing them anonymously on this forum. - nice guy.

Maybe you would care to explain who these "non-fans" are and how you have worked with them. Because I know people such as Tony Lee, Will Sliney, Adam Tow are all fans. I know Becky Cloonan who will still be doing the cover art for the comic books is a fan as well. And if you read the interviews and listen to Lee talk about MacGyver you can sense he has a love of the character and what he stands for.

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I don't see the reason to be defensive.

I've answered this in a PM to you so as not to detract from the discussion at hand.


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I'm concerned that the people involved don't get MacGyver like we do.

Not everyone working on any of these projects will all be die hard fans. Even Lee himself isn't a "Die Hard" fan of the show, but he is a fan of the character what the character represents and he is bringing on board people who are die hard fans to try and make sure we get it right.

One of the main reasons this movie is taking so long is because Lee wants to get it right and is being particularly picky about making sure the script/story is right.

 
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QUOTE (KiwiTek @ 24 January 2012 - 07:16 PM)
So your saying you worked for some of "these people" whoever they are, and now your bad mouthing them anonymously on this forum. - nice guy.


I haven't "bad mouthed" anyone. The only one who has been "bad mouthed" is me, by you.

I said zlotoff is perfectly in the RIGHT to be wanting to make a buck.
I said maybe we'll get something GOOD out of fresh blood.

I said the same thing You did about lz not being a fan of the show.
Many many people have said the same things about us die hard fans.

Maybe if you weren't so eager to jump me we could've had a polite conversation in which we'd've clarified that I was speaking of the people involved with the movie, not the comic. The comic group are fans, the movie group were not.

I believed your rules that say: we don't have to agree with each other, but we do have to be respectful. Thanks for the respectful warm welcome.


 
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If you had come in here and calmly explained how you know what you claim to know instead of the aggressive "Your wrong because I know" approach that you took. You would have had a different response.

That approach along with the rather negative feeling "gotta love lz’s half baked modesty in this interview... Friends like that, who needs enemies…" comment you tried to post in the news site under a different name all look very much like trolling activity and you got the appropriate response to it. I wouldn't say that post showed any respect towards Lee Zlotoff at all. And even though he had help coming up with the idea I believe he still wrote the pilot episode himself so essentially he built the foundation of the character.

In any case the response you got was directly caused by the tone seen in your posting particularly the news comment which as I said came across as being very disrespectful and had a sense of trying to stir things up rather than adding meaningful content or insight. If that was a misinterpretation than I apologize for the harsh response you were given, but would suggest that you need to qualify your comments by explaining how you know what your saying you know. Anyone can say they know things,people etc, and you have an anonymous name and email address which only heightens suspicion in such cases.

Hopefully this explains why you got the response you did and we can now move back to a fruitful discussion.

Maybe you cna now address my other comments and questions?

 
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Hi, I've added a new blog to our Harmony Constant Face Book Fan site about this topic amoung other things. While you're there please "Like" our page and let me know what you think of the blog:)

 
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Anytime a TV show is remade for the the small screen or a made into a movie in order to "introduce it to a new generation" my head hurts. Just because there's a new generation doesn't mean a classic show has to be re-invisioned. What makes these classic shows classic is the time in which they were made. Look at "The Three Stooges", Larry, Moe and Curly are funny because at the time the slap-stick / vaudeville style of comedy was funny and it's still funny today because of when it was filmed. To try and recapture that style today doesn't work because slap-stick/vaudeville humor is not the norm anymore.

Classic things are classic because they're classic. To try and remake/reinvision/reboot a classic anything is wrong.

Leave MacG.gif as we remember him.

 
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Don't worry. The experience with other series-turned-into-movies has proven that the two can exist next to each other. So I don't believe for a second that 'our' MacGyver will disappear because of the movie. The MacGyver we came to know and love is the classic, like the Stooges you mention. The MacGyver movie may be a success, may be not, but will never be able to replace the series. Look at original A-Team, Knight Rider, Starsky & Hutch, Magnum, and Star Trek. They hold their own, and no movie that has tried to reboot them has been able to change that.
To me that is a comforting thought. I am curious to see what they will do with MacGyver-The Movie, but in my view the movie is no threat to MacGyver-the Series. At all.

 
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This movie isn't ment to replace the show. If anything it will complement the show by showing how when and why he became the person we meet in the first episode.

While there may be some changes to background information, mostly due to copyright issues with CBS, for the most part the movie will be fairly true to the character as we know him.

 
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Of course it isn't meant to replace the show. It's just that people, fans in particular, fear it will take away something from the series. I don't believe for one minute that will happen, and trust Mr. Zlotoff to do a fine job with the movie.

 
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A couple of thoughts here.

Number one, bear in mind that people do change in appearance as they grow older. I'm now 35 (almost 36) and I look quite different than I did in my late teens/early 20's. And it's not just hairstyle, whether you wear glasses, or that kind of thing. The structure of your bones changes a bit, as well. So I could definitely see some of those young actors playing a younger Mac.

Second, I agree that someone's personality can change quite a bit as they grow older (I know it happened to me!) and most people are not the same person at 35 or 40 that they were at 18 or 20. So again, I could see one of those actors playing Mac, as long as they keep his basic personality.

Also, of course, they need to find a way to work in those bits of Mac's childhood that were included in the show (from Blood Brothers and Phoenix Under Siege).

The fact is, Lee Zlotoff created MacGyver in the first place, and he knows the character better than anyone (with the possible exception of RDA). I understand that some of you are upset by the fact that RDA won't be involved (or at least not much) but practically speaking, how would RDA, who is now in his 60's, play a character in his late teens/early 20's? Not gonna happen, sorry.

I will be following this with great interest, and will probably go to see it. I love the character as played by RDA, but hey, I'd love to see another actor's take on the character when he was younger. I'm just glad this is actually going to happen.

 
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