Matthew McConaughey offered Magnum

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey has been offered the lead role in Universal Pictures’ adaptation of Magnum P.I., based on the successful ’80s television show that starred Tom Selleck, according to In the series, Thomas Magnum was a laidback Hawaii-based private investigator who wore loud shirts and sported a mustache, while reluctantly solving cases. For his part, Selleck, who won an Emmy for his portrayal, calls the movie idea “stupid” and says he’ll take no part in it.

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  1. Dave • April 3, 2008 @ 9:55 AM

    I agree 100% with Selleck, this is a terrible idea. Can’t Hollywood come up with anything new. Everything’s a remake, or taking an old show and converting it to a movie.

  2. Tribute Reader • April 3, 2008 @ 10:45 AM

    Of all the shows currently in remake limbo, this and A-Team are films they should be making.

    Of course Selleck would opposed. He’s not in it.

  3. susan • April 3, 2008 @ 10:58 AM

    Do you really think anyone could replace Tom Selleck? or for that fact the original cast?

  4. Anonymous • April 3, 2008 @ 2:23 PM

    Both The A-Team movie with Ice Cube and Matthew McConaughey playing Thomas Magnum will just have to be a wait and see scenario.Starskey and Hutch was ok especially when the two originals shoed up for a cameo and Snoop Dog playing Huggy Bear was righteous,even though Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller were less then up to the roles it was entertaining for what it was worth.So give it half a chance and see were it will lead once the movies are in Theatres.

    Cameron Martin

  5. anonymous2 • April 3, 2008 @ 3:54 PM

    It’s a horrible idea.

  6. Anonymous • April 3, 2008 @ 4:03 PM

    Magnum is one of the classic series ever made. Only one person can act as Magnum and that is the original Magnum. I like Matthew as an some what good actor but diffiantly not this role.

  7. Arnold • April 3, 2008 @ 6:46 PM

    i AGREE hollywood has not much imagination. remake this remake that.Actors should refuse these roles anfd force talent to emerge.

  8. Anonymous • April 3, 2008 @ 7:40 PM

    Can someone please explain why they must be some kind a farce?…The thing I hate is that these were shows we enjoyed how many years ago, There is a reason they are not still in production. Come on where is the Movie Farce of MASH, oh right thats what got it started.

  9. Anonymous • April 3, 2008 @ 7:43 PM

    No imagination at all. And if it original it sucks, How many movies grossed over $100 Million this year? If it is good I can own it for $10 in 3 months and enjoy it in the comfort of my own home and not have to pay $35 for a pop and popcorn!!!

  10. Mosephyne • April 3, 2008 @ 8:07 PM

    Its true Hollywood is reaching here. They need to come up with something more realistic. Our energy recourses are something they should be looking at if they want us to continue watching these crappie movies. Oh sh*t thats the real world. Sorry, way off track here.Zeitgeist check it out. Nourish your brain.

  11. Steve-o • April 3, 2008 @ 8:41 PM

    I loved the old Magnum series, still do – But it’s done. No one can be Magnum other than big Tom himself – especially not someone like McConaughey who lacks the charisma and charm Mr. Selleck brought to the role. I was somewhat excited a year or so ago when they were talking George Clooney for the part, but quite honestly only Tom Selleck is Magnum. It wasn’t just big Tom that made the show so good – it was the whole cast. It’s pretty rare to have a cast that gells so well. Will they leave it at that? Nope, ’cause there’s money to be made no matter how much they butcher the original.

  12. Anonymous • April 3, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

    I’m surprised they’re not pulling a HONEYMOONERS and doing an urban MAGNUM…

  13. Prell • April 3, 2008 @ 11:40 PM

    Hopefully this will be a big success and then they’ll make a new “Simon and Simon” movie.

  14. Gary • April 3, 2008 @ 11:42 PM

    “It wasnt just big Tom that made the show so good – it was the whole cast.”

    How about getting William Shatner to play the John Hillerman character? 🙂

  15. Paul • April 4, 2008 @ 8:15 AM

    Matthew McConaughey will always be Matthew McConaughey in whatever role he plays. Tom Selleck was Magnum PI and will always be remembered for that portrayal of a private investigator. The whole cast along, with Selleck made the show unique (serious but funny as well). It can’t be repeated without it becoming a joke movie with no plot and no original characters – why bother? Things must be getting desperate at the movie studios!

  16. Sonny • April 4, 2008 @ 8:50 AM

    Does anyone in Hollywood have an original idea in their head? What a waste of time!

  17. Anonymous • April 4, 2008 @ 8:54 AM

    Sorry Matthew, Ben Stiller is about the only one who could pull this off.

  18. Anonymous • April 4, 2008 @ 9:39 AM

    only good if they keep magnum’s short shorts

  19. Anonymous • April 4, 2008 @ 9:40 AM

    Tom would be the only good Magnum PI. Matthew is a good actor, but Tom is the only guy who can play it. If he doesn’t play Magnum, don’t make the movie!!!
    And the A-team, same time. It would be hard to replace MR.T. It some times just can’t be done. What about the Knight Rider show?? What happened there!

  20. Tawny Kat • April 4, 2008 @ 10:13 AM

    Unfortunately, there are more suitable actors who could do the role with their own interpretative slant. Christian Bale changes who he is for whatever role he plays. He would likely make it his own and make us love the movie. Of course, they have to get good people to do the other roles.
    Matthew always looks much the same. What new slant could he bring?

  21. Anonymous • April 4, 2008 @ 11:14 AM

    Some things just can’t be messed with. Tom Selleck is Magnum PI, just like Sean Connery is James Bond.

    Hollywood has no creative genius left. That is why they try to turn classic television into movies (few, if any, are ever successful) and we see the proliferation of “reality” tv.

    What was the point of the writers’ strike if we still can’t get good, creative writer’s and quality movies/tv?

  22. Nancy • April 4, 2008 @ 12:22 PM

    Well, I think the point of the writers strike was the same point as with any strike………F@CK the dog and get more pay to do it!!!!

  23. The Golden Martian • April 4, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

    There’s always the chance that someone new could step in and make the role their own — don’t forget, Dalton was the best Bond EVER.

  24. Steve-o • April 4, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

    Dalton… right

    And he’s done very well since..

  25. Anonymous • April 4, 2008 @ 10:23 PM

    Must be the name Dalton! Dalton/Bond was a joke; Dalton/premier is a joke. Enough said.

  26. Salvatore • April 5, 2008 @ 12:28 AM

    “Dalton was the best Bond EVER.”

    Agree 100%; Dalton brought a gritty realism to the role and will always be the best Bond.

  27. tributegirl • April 5, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

    I don’t blame Tom for saying this is stupid. Just think if they wanted to remake The Golden Girls and cast Jessica Simpson in as Maude (or whatever the h*ll her name was!). I think Bea Arthur would call that supid as well. All these “remakes” or whatever are just that…STUPID!!!!!

  28. tbmom • April 5, 2008 @ 4:50 PM

    If they made any of the remakes properly then it would be okay but they end up being stupid spoofs of the show and a joke. How about the older ones like Hawaii 5 O for a remake!!

  29. airshonut • April 7, 2008 @ 11:33 AM

    Just leave our treasured memories alone.The80’s were bad enough,so let the few GOOD things stay that way.DALTON,GRITTY????

  30. Constance • April 7, 2008 @ 2:56 PM

    No one else could ever be Magnum P.I., only Tom Selleck!

  31. Britney Spears • April 8, 2008 @ 5:23 AM

    Tom was my lova!

  32. clementinem • May 24, 2008 @ 9:19 PM

    i think jeffrey dean morgan would be a great magnum!

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