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'Saw' director James Wan in negotiations to helm 'MacGyver' movie

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From blood-splattered horror to action-filled MacGyver! Reps for James Wan confirmed to EW on Monday that the Saw franchise and Insidious filmmaker is in negotiations with New Line to direct the movie based on the 1980s television series about a secret agent, played in the original by Richard Dean Anderson, who relies on brain vs. brawn to resolve sticky situations.

Jason Richman has written the MacGyver movie’s screenplay, with revisions by Brian and Mark Gunn. Raffaella and Martha De Laurentiis, the daughter and second wife, respectively, of the late legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, are producing, as well as the TV show’s creator Lee Zlotoff.

Wan has become an in-demand horror-thriller director, with the upcoming New Line film The Conjuring out next year, 2010’s Insidious a break-out hit, and as the creator of the box office juggernaut and creatively gruesome Saw films, which launched in 2004.

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