• Apr 3, 2008
We love talking about car-related movies here at Autoblog, so it's no surprise that we're actually interested in the silver screen conversion of the '80s TV show Magnum P.I. in which an ex-Navy seal turned private eye keeps the Hawaiian islands safe from cheesy bad guys while driving an iconic Ferrari 308 GTS with gusto. The lead character in the TV series, Thomas Magnum, was played by Tom Selleck who wore Hawaiian shirts and what our colleagues at Cinematical call "big, porn mustaches" on the show.

The idea for making a Magnum P.I. movie has been around since 2006, but for some reason Hollywood has resisted the temptation until now. A script is now floating around penned by Rawson Thurber of Dodgeball fame (good sign, eh?), and as we speak Matthew McConaughey is rumored to be reading the script. Don't even think about it Matt, just do it. We bet they'll let you keep that Hawaiian shirt unbuttoned the entire time to show off your prosthetic chest hair.

Other actors who have been mentioned for the role include Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Vince Vaughn, while the original Magnum, Mr. Selleck, has called the movie "stupid" and vowed to take no part in it. It appears Selleck does not subscribe to the David Hasselhoff Theory of Celebrity Comebacks, in which one never lets an old role die. Thanks for the tip, John!

[Source: Cinematical]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm with Tom. let it rest, or only in syndication.

      Michael Clark Duncan going "Come on Higgie Baby" just doesnt do it for me.

      OTOH, give me a silver screen version of Stingray...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Im a big Magnum PI fan , and it would be very hard to see any one but Selleck in the role , but with a lot of debate on who would fit best , Brendan Fraser was the only one that would have the same quirks as Selleck , if you watch the Mummy movies , you can see him in that role, Please I can't see the wedding planner as a PI....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know there was such a demand for a Magnum P.I. movie...?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't these "writers" get it over with and make a Mr. Belvedere movie already?

      Seriously, is it any wonder Hollywood is losing money?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Y.M.C.A.
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually, im thinking freddy mercury lookalike
        but yea, you were close
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they're serious about it, like "Batman Begins" serious. It probably won't be that bad.

      I mean was "Miami Vice" that bad? I enjoyed it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't ruin a good show by remaking it with a bad movie. Only way I would go see this is if Selleck were in it. I'm sure it will be some highly sylized super slick version of P.I.. which goes directly against what the show was about. Put a bullet in that thing and go tune into TV Land or wherever this original show is syndicated and watch a cool show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Attention: Imagine Entertainment

      Re: Magnum,p.i. Movie

      Please,

      #1) CAST THIS MOVIE WITH THE ORIGINAL TV SERIES CAST MEMBERS ONLY!! (TOM SELLECK, JOHN HILLERMAN, LARRY MANETTI AND ROGER E MOSLEY)

      #2) HIRE TOM CLANCY (OR?) TO WRITE A SERIOUS SCRIPT - ONE THAT TRULY SERVICES THE SPIRIT OF "MAGNUM".

      I had the good fortune to work as an extra on Magnum, p.i. during season six. (one episode) That experience left quite a lasting impression. Tom Selleck is truly a distinct gentleman, and one of Hollywood's greatest "leading men". I do not understand why any casting director would consiously elect to use some other actor in the role of Magnum, and to ignore the summation of internet postings. Perhaps you should take a lesson from George Lucas - he is giving us the real "Indiana Jones".

      A Magnum, p.i. movie has the potential to be extraordinary - now "make it so!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      thumbs down for remaking Magnum PI.

      Is it also true that this is a script flowing around for a "BJ and the Bear" movie with Ben Affleck eyeing it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog, do not scare me with pictures like that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that the actual characters in the show made it work so well, I think redoing it is a bad plan. Writers were on strike for months with time to think, write something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Creativity waived bye-bye to Hollywood long ago.

      There is truly nothing new under the sun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C'mon. That's not Matt McConaughey, that's Damon Lavrinc!
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