Rawson Marshall Thurber on trying to make a Magnum P.I. film
Exclusive: Director Rawson Marshall Thurber tells us why his attempts to bring Magnum P.I. to the screen have been unsuccessful (so far)...
Comedy We're The Millers is currently riding high at the US box office, and thanks to good word of mouth, the expectation now is that the movie will cross $100m at the box office. That'd make it a second big hit for director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who previously steered Dodgeball to sizeable hit status.
In the time between Dodgeball and We're The Millers, Thurber was trying to get a movie of Magnum P.I. off the ground. And when we caught up with him last week, he explained just why things hadn't happened.
"If I could make any movie next it would be Magnum P.I. I wrote a script that I love at Universal – the tone was very much Beverly Hills Cop – there were no short shots, no cameos, no moustaches. It’s an action movie that’s funny and I’m very, very proud of the script. I got close a couple of times with some pretty good actors and it just never quite came together. I couldn’t seem to convince Universal to roll the dice on it. I think it’s a big hit just sitting there and I wish I could convince them".
Thurber admitted that he was still interested, and if he could do anything next, post the success of We're The Millers, it'd be Magnum P.I.. As for casting? "I think Chris Evans would be great. I think Bradley Cooper would be incredible. There's a version with Ryan Gosling if he would ever do it - I don't think he would. There are a few really great options for that character, so I hope I can convince somebody to do it".
In the light of the success of 21 Jump Street, and with another hit movie under his belt, we can't help but think his chances have increased somewhat.
You can read the full interview with Rawson Marshall Thurber later in the week. We're The Millers arrives in UK cinemas on Friday.
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