Virtual Reality ‘MacGyverWorld’ Coming Soon With 3D Holograms

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(Los Angeles, CA) – July 22, 2019 – Creator of the globally-recognized MacGyver franchise Lee David Zlotoff, and visionary film director Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man, Virtuosity), are partnering with pioneering VR company Imverse to create MacGyverWorld.’ The project—which capitalizes on both the location-based entertainment (LBE) market, and the booming escape room industry—will endeavor to transport fans into a deeply immersive, live-action MacGyver VR escape room adventure. Currently eyeing a 2020 release, the groundbreaking experience will feature live holographic technology, along with the wry wit and novel gadgetry that are hallmarks of the long-standing franchise, which now spans over three decades in 70 world markets.

“I wanted something so cutting-edge, that it would not only redefine the character but show people what’s possible in out-of-home entertainment,” explains Zlotoff. “I’m truly psyched to expand the vision and scope of MacGyver into virtual reality.”

Film and VR producer, Mark Rickard, through Leonard’s Studio Lightship banner, will produce and oversee development of the super-premium virtual experience. Further creative details are currently being kept under-wraps.

Leonard, who will also direct the experience, states: “It’s all the best things about escape rooms and VR on steroids. It will leave guests in awe once they realize they’ve been physically and psychologically transported to MacGyverWorld.”

Imverse are the foremost experts in real-time volumetric capture with their multiplayer and embodiment technology. MacGyverWorld participants will be able to see photoreal representations of themselves and others displayed in real time as digital holograms while inside VR. They will be volumetrically filmed to freely explore and interact with virtual objects and each other, as they will work separately and together to solve their way out, essentially becoming protagonists of their own unique stories, enjoying real body-presence in VR like never before.

“In existing LBE content, you never get to see your real-self inside the virtual space,” notes Imverse CEO & Co-founder, Javier Bello Ruiz. “At best, you get a computer-generated avatar – but it isn’t really you. With our real-time volumetric capture participants get to see their actual selves and walk around in mixed reality.”

Imverse will be showcased at SIGGRAPH—the industry-leading computer graphics conference—currently underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center until August 1st (main exhibition floor, booth 641), where Imverse is unveiling their latest demos and welcoming investors for their upcoming Series A financing round.

Follow the project at: https://creators.imverse.com/macgyver/

 

‘MacGyver’ Season 2 DVD Review

Geek To Me radio reviews the season 2 DVD ahead of it’s Sept 18 release.

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I will admit that I’m still one of those people who runs out and buys the actual DVDs & Blu-rays of movies and TV shows. I like to physically have possession of them, I like to change the discs in my video player, I like looking at the lithograph and arranging my collection alphabetically. Filing the season 2 of the new ‘MacGyver‘ series into the “M” section of my collection was almost as satisfying as watching the series itself. For those who are somehow unfamiliar, the new ‘MacGyver’ on CBS is a reboot of an 80’s show of the same name. It follows the adventures of the titular character Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till) who is an operative for a covert U.S. Government agency called The Phoenix Foundation. He manages to rig together (or “MacGyver”) some clever inventions with his ingenuity and whatever items happen to be…

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What would MacGyver do to escape from The Nat?

‘Nat’ staffers do a trial run in the museum’s new escape room. (Photo sourced from linked page)

The San Diego Natural History Museum, aka The Nat, may be the first major U.S. museum to officially join in the “escape room” craze with it’s “Escape The Nat” room which will formally be opened tonight in a formerly closed section on its lower level.

The initial adventure is themed “Botanic Panic” and will see up to six “citizen scientists” locked in the room racing against a 60-minute clock to figure out mind-boggling puzzles, decipher clues and break codes to resolve the mystery to find the cure for a deadly virus threatening the world.

Source: San Diego Tribune

 

 

 

MacGyver Goes Funko Pop!

Funko have announced the release of a MacGyver Pop! Vinyl figure based on Richard Dean Anderson’s MacGyver due to go on sale Aug 30.

Funko Pop! are stylized vinyl figurines based on pop culture characters from Movie, Television, video games, comic books and other pop culture sources and have become a major pop culture collectible item around the world. Having MacGyver join the vast world of collectible Pop! is a testament to the iconic status of MacGyver around the world.

The MacGyver Pop! is listed on the Funko website as coming soon and is available on Amazon.com for pre-order with a release date of Sept. 12, 2018.

 

 

MacGyver Gets HD Remaster

CBS announced on June 15th that they are in the process of remastering the original MacGyver series to HD and that  Seasons 1-3 are already completed with all 7 seasons planned to be completed by the end of the year.

The news release on the CBS site includes a before and after video comparing scenes in SD with their new HD counterparts showing an impressive difference in quality.

This will of course raise hopes for a Blu-ray series for fans who have long been requesting an HD version of the show even going so far as to run online petitions in  a bid to get CBS’ attention.

No word yet how the new HD versions will be distributed.

 

Take a look at the quality difference:

 

MacGyver Reboot Update #57

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The Season 2 Finale has aired four weeks ago, so no new episodes at the moment. Fans don’t have to be sad, though: Filming for Season 3 should start next month in Atlanta.

George Eads and Lucas Till on set of Season 2 (via Jeff Wolfe)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The Season 2 Finale aired on May 4. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime while others already started working on new (and old) projects.

Reboot-related, it’s gotten pretty quiet on social media. Every now and then, cast or crew upload a never-seen-before BtS photo (e.g. Jake Alvarez or Steve Serna), but it’s not always clear what episode it belongs to.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #43

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Last Friday’s Episode managed to reach more than 7 millions live viewers, setting a new live audience record for Season 2. Also, “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill will guest-star in an upcoming episode!

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

Work, work, work
It looks like production is gearing up for a well-earned holiday break because filming continued on the last two weekends. Due to evening and night shoots, cast and crew didn’t get to watch the latest episodes because they were still on set when the show aired.

They still take the time to post some pictures for us and thankfully, George Eads hasn’t lost his new-found love for Instagram yet. On October 26, he revealed that Jack Dalton will have to wear a suit again

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