Best-selling author Tom Clancy, who recently died at age 66, once talked about bringing "Magnum, P.I." to the big screen, says Tom Selleck, who starred in the hit 1980s series.
Selleck, 68, made his comments to Yahoo! in an article posted on Tuesday, the day Clancy passed away. His death was announced on Wednesday. Several of Clancy's books, including "The Hunt For Red October," have been adapted into films.
"Tom Clancy is a huge 'Magnum' fan," Selleck told Yahoo!. "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.'"
Universal Pictures has not commented. The original "Magnum, P.I. series aired between 1980 and 1988. In June 2010, Selleck told OTRC.com that he was prepared to play the role of the Hawaii-based private investigator again (watch his interview, above).
"We still have a huge following," Selleck told Yahoo!. "The only other aspect is, if we're ever going to see a reunion show, I think that a 'Magnum' movie would have a reunion aspect, but reunion TV movies are simply to see how everybody's aged. That seems to be why people tune in, and the show was so good to me."