Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball") has signed on to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of "Magnum P.I." for Universal Pictures. Brian Grazer will produce the feature via his Imagine Entertainment banner says The Hollywood Reporter.
"Magnum P.I.," the 1980-88 CBS series, followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum, a Navy intelligence officer-turned-private investigator hired by wealthy author and playboy Robin Masters to oversee security on the latter's massive Hawaii estate. Magnum lived in Masters' guest house and drove his Ferrari, much to the chagrin of Jonathan Higgins III, a proper Englishman who ran the estate. Magnum also continued to take on cases in which he was aided and abetted by his Vietnam vet buddies, notably helicopter pilot T.C. and club manager Rick.
The series made Tom Selleck a star, though no word as to whether he'll have any involvement in the film. Mike McCullers's 2003 draft for the film looks to have been scrapped.