Tom Clancy Wanted ‘Magnum P.I.’ Movie, Says Tom Selleck

Tom Clancy wanted to make a Magnum, P.I. movie with Tom Selleck, according to the actor. The author whose work inspired such classic films as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger wanted to work with then-megastar Tom Selleck on a big screen adaptation of the ever popular detective drama.

Magnum, P.I. was an instant hit in the 80s, introducing a young and unstoppable Tom Selleck as a private investigator whose butler was basically a jack of all trades. Higgins was seen fencing, flying a helicopter, and other things all with equal skill while the camera mostly kept its focus on the man who made the mustache famous. Plus the TV series had one of the best intro themes of all time.

The Magnum, P.I. TV show was so good that even novelist Tom Clancy was a huge fan. Tom Selleck said that he had gotten together with the award-winning author and brainstormed what would have been a series of feature films based on the TV detective. A film may still be in the works from Universal, but Tom Selleck says they’re probably not going to cast him.

The author who wanted a Magnum, P.I. movie, Tom Clancy, was confirmed dead at the age of 66, but his publisher Penguin Group would not disclose details of how he died.

Perhaps if a Magnum, P.I. film is ever made, they could honor the late author by having the title character play one of the Splinter Cell video games. After all, Tom Clancy was also the author of the novels which inspired the series, the latest of which is Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

Scripts exist for a movie based on the popular TV show, but Tom Selleck isn’t expecting anything after all this time, as the idea had gone through three different owners in the 90s, and that’s rarely good news in Hollywood.

We can only hope that if a movie is made of Magnum, P.I., Tom Clancy’s video games might get a cameo to honor him.