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Plans underway for MacGyver movie

Richard Dean Anderson
MacGyver escaped dangerous situations using household items

Cult 1980s TV show MacGyver is to be remade as a feature length movie, it has been announced.

No stars have committed to the project but film studio New Line says it is looking for "an A-list writer".

MacGyver ran from 1985-92, and starred Richard Dean Anderson from Stargate: Atlantis and SG-1 as an extremely resourceful secret agent.

He frequently escaped dangerous situations by making imaginative use of common everyday household items.

Two made for TV films were produced in the years after the show's cancellation.

The character has since been spoofed in countless movies and TV shows.

Anderson even provided his voice for an episode of The Simpsons, in which he was kidnapped by Marge Simpson's sisters Patty and Selma who were obsessive fans of the show.

The new film will be produced by the father-daughter team of Dino and Raffaella De Laurentiis, whose previous hits include Serpico, Flash Gordon and Hannibal.

"We think we're a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise," said New Line spokesman Richard Brener.

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