Saw And Insidious Helmer James Wan Will Helm MacGyver

Hmm, now this is interesting. Variety is reporting that Saw and Insidious director James Wan is in talks with New Line Cinema to helm MacGyver, which is based on the popular TV series. Bad Company scribe Jason Richman penned the original script which was re-written by Brian and Mark Gunn, who most recently wrote Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

For those unfamiliar with the original series, it followed Angus MacGyver, the titular hero “whose main asset is his practical application of scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items – along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife.” It was a pretty popular show back when it aired, it amassed a loyal following and saw some very successful seasons. Unfortunately though, it was eventually cancelled by ABC and fans have been clamouring for a film version ever since.

Back to Wan though, he’s an odd choice for this kind of film. Known for his horror movies Saw and Insidious, I can’t see why the studio went with him on this one. Perhaps he’s just a big fan of the show? Whatever the reason is, I’m interested to see what he does with the film.

What do you think? Is a MacGyver movie a good idea? What are your thoughts on James Wan directing? Let us know in the comments below.