MacGyverHe's one of our nation's most trusted -- and dangerous -- men, a secret agent with skills so amazing he can jury-rig a grenade out of a soda can and track down villains using just his vast wealth of esoteric knowledge and good old fashioned American ingenuity. And now he's about to come to theaters for the first time. Yes, film fans: get ready for 'MacGruber.'

No, wait, sorry. 'MacGyver,' we mean. Get ready for 'MacGyver,' because according to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has moved one step closer to making the long-rumored action film a reality by hiring screenwriter Jason Richman to pen the script. MacGyverHe's one of our nation's most trusted -- and dangerous -- men, a secret agent with skills so amazing he can jury-rig a grenade out of a soda can and track down villains using just his vast wealth of esoteric knowledge and good old fashioned American ingenuity. And now he's about to come to theaters for the first time. Yes, film fans: get ready for 'MacGruber.'

No, wait, sorry. 'MacGyver,' we mean. Get ready for 'MacGyver,' because according to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has moved one step closer to making the long-rumored action film a reality by hiring screenwriter Jason Richman to pen the script.

You can forgive our confusion of course, considering that 'MacGruber,' the bald-faced parody of 'MacGyver,' is already winging its way into theaters this weekend. But while there's still no word on whether 'MacGyver' creator Lee Zlotoff is planning to proceed with the lawsuit we told you about back in February, it now appears that 'MacGruber's' potential success -- or failure -- won't affect New Line's decision to go ahead with the 'MacGyver' film.

And Richman, for his part, seems like a solid enough choice for screenwriter, as this sort of action/adventure project is nothing new to him; his previous credits include 'Bad Company' and 'Bangkok Dangerous,' while he also helped out under the table with 'Rush Hour 3' and 'Black Hawk Down.'

'MacGyver,' of course, was a hit TV series that ran for seven seasons on ABC from 1985-1992 before returning to the public eye thanks to the MacGruber series of 'Saturday Night Live' skits that premiered in 2007 and peaked with an ad for Pepsi that aired during the 2009 Super Bowl. Whether or not the prominence of 'MacGruber' has hurt or actually helped Zlotoff's attempts to get a 'MacGyver' film made, then, is up for debate, but either way you look at it, it's a potentially explosive situation.

Luckily we know just the right guy to defuse it.
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