These are the bittersweet coincidences that journalism is sometimes made of.
Yesterday, for the latest installment of his TV-side Q&A series “The 11 Big Questions,” Yahoo Entertainment features editor Richard Rushfield shared a recent conversation with Tom Selleck that encompassed projects past, present and might-have-been. In the last category, Selleck clarified that he never turned down the lead in Raiders of the Lost Ark and also made some comments that ring even louder today given the sad news of author Tom Clancy‘s passing:
“It’s been a weird progression with Magnum. Tom Clancy is a huge Magnum fan. In the early ’90s, he’d done a couple of wildly successful movie adaptations of his books. We got together, and I went to Universal, and I said ‘It’s time we could do a series of feature films.'”
“They were very interested, and I had Tom, who wanted to do the story, and I had this package put together, but Universal’s the only studio that could make it, and they went through three ownership changes in the ’90s, and I think that was the real window for Magnum. If they did a Magnum movie [today], I think it’s been pretty clear — because I’ve heard rumors there were scripts and all — I don’t think they see me doing it.
At press time, the front page of Rushfield’s Yahoo is emblazoned with a default slide link to this article about the death of Clancy at age 66. RIP.[Photo: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]
Previously on Mediabistro:
Richard Rushfield Joins Yahoo Entertainment