MacGyver creator tries to block film

Last updated 12:22 05/02/2010
Will Forte stars as MacGruber.
ACTION MAN: Will Forte stars as MacGruber.

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The creator of MacGyver is trying to block the release of a new film mocking the iconic television series.

A lawyer representing Lee Zlotoff has sent several cease-and-desist letters to the studio behind MacGruber, Starpulse.com reported.

Zlotoff claims the film - which stars Will Forte as a hapless action hero - breaches copyright as he still holds the rights to a MacGyver film.

"We feel they're infringing our rights," a lawyer representing Zlotoff said. A lawsuit is being considered to block the film's release, he told Starpulse.

MacGruber also stars Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig, and is set for an April 23 release. It began as a comedy sketch on Saturday Night Live.

MacGyver starred Richard Dean Anderson as a secret agent who refused to use a gun and could escape out of any situation with his bare hands, and ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.

A MacGyver feature film has been rumoured for years but so far no firm plans are in place.

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