Another classic action-adventure TV series is getting a reboot. CBS is developing MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife.
The new series, which comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, the original’s executive producer Henry Winkler and NCIS: LA executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, will feature a 10-years younger protagonist. Twentysomething Angus MacGyver gets recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The CBS series is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
I hear CBS is very high on the project, from sibling CBS TV Studios, which owns the rights of the original series, produced by predecessor Paramount Network Television.
Gemmill, who will continue to work on NCIS: Los Angeles, will write MacGyver and will executive produce it with Winkler, Wan and Michael Clear, who heads Wan’s Atomic Monster.
Wan had long been interested in the property and actually had developed a young MacGyver feature focusing on Angus’ college years. He is repped by Paradigm, Stacey Testro International Management and attorney David Fox.
The original series, created by Lee David Zlotoff and executive produced by Winkler and John Rich, ran on ABC for 7 seasons, from 1985 to 1992 . It revolved around Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, a secret agent with an aversion to guns that stemmed from a traumatic childhood incident, who instead of blasting his way out trouble prefers to use ingenuity. Here is the series’ opening sequence:
The series has become a pop culture staple, famously parodied by Saturday Night Live‘s MacGruber. Remake-wise, the WB previously tried to develop a Young MacGyver series.
MacGyver would look to join CBS’ recent foray into younger-skewing action procedurals with shows like Scorpion and Limitless.
Some of the other action-adventure TV series getting reboots this season include A-Team, Hart To Hart and Xena.