No 'Magnum P.I.' Role for Matthew McConaughey

November 21, 2008 04:15:34 GMT

'Magnum P.I.' remake producer Brian Grazer has slammed down speculation that Matthew McConaughey will star as the Hawaiian private investigator.

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Though earlier reports suggested that Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role in "Magnum P.I." remake, producer Brian Grazer said otherwise. Putting off the flame on the rumor, the producer of "American Gangster" was quick to reject the casting rumor, stating simply to MTV Movies Blog, "No."

Further on the matter, he explained that his idea for the casting right now is not looking for someone to replace the original Thomas Magnum, Tom Selleck. "I think the idea for 'Magnum P.I.' is to find a counterpoint," he said. "To not try and find the new Tom Selleck but to find someone that is just so different that you go, oh my God! That guy is Magnum?!?"

Confirming that the script has already been written, Grazer still insisted that the feature project will need to find the right cast. "It's so much about casting," the 57-year-old emphasized. "You have to find the actor that adds through his own personality something to the title."

A film version of the popular 1980s television series about the adventures of Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living in Oahu, Hawaii, "Magnum P.I." is said to be directed and penned by "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" filmmaker, Rawson Marshall Thurber. This Universal Pictures production is expected to be finished in 2009.


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posted by falconp51 on Mar 24, 2009
As usual Hollywood is desperate to "Cash" in on any franchise. I am so sick and tired of the remakes make of iconic/classic TV series, only to have them mocked, pulled apart, and ruined by short sighted and slug minded individuals. I have been waiting well over 20 years for a reunion of the original cast. Mr. Grazer, your just one step away from being the south bound end of a north bound mule in my opinion if you go through with not casting the original cast members from the show. For once, let us have quality versus sluck and garbage!
posted by jimb1968 on Nov 26, 2008
Why would you ruin a masterpiece of a series with a made up cast for a movie. This is soooo wrong. This movie would alienate any diehard Magnum Pi fan. The show was so well directed and produced that it would be an insult to the cast of the orginal show. It would be a shame to not include the original cast. Magnum fans have been waiting patiently twenty years for a movie, and this would be a huge letdown to all of us wanted to see a reunion. The Magnum PI fans want to know what happened to these characters, and what they are doing now. That would only work if you bring back Tom, Larry, Roger and John and company. Please, Please come to your senses and bring back the original cast. Don't make a mockery of this fantastic series.
posted by jenn on Nov 21, 2008
Why would you have a Magnum PI movie and cast Thomas Magnum as "someone so different that you that you go, oh my God! That guy is Magnum?!?"?? That makes no sense. Sounds like they're just doing a movie and naming in MPI just to get people to go. Also sounds like they're having a tough time finding someone to fill the iconic Tom Selleck's shoes. Good luck on that one.
posted by sophia on Nov 21, 2008
The more I think about it,the movie is a just a bad idea. Tom Selleck would not agree to do this movie anyway. I doubt it is written as well as the original television show. And if you don't have Thomas,Larry,Roger, and John you are just wasting your time.
posted by sophia on Nov 21, 2008
Grazer should give up. He will never find a repacement for the original. Thomas Sellick is Thomas Magnum!!!!!!!!!! The original cast is the only answer!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by james362001 on Nov 21, 2008
They should use Tom Selleck. He is the only Magnum P.I.

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