The Saw and Furious 7 helmer had been shepherding the project from the get-go and was slated to direct the pilot but pulled out due to a scheduling conflict with post-production on his latest film, The Conjuring 2, which just opened big at the boxoffice. He was replaced by David Von Ancken.
While MacGyver was picked up to series for the fall, the original pilot was scrapped in favor of a new take and a new script written by Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov, with only lead Lucas Till and co-star George Eads staying on from the original pilot. They were recently joined by new cast member Justin Hires.
Here is a glimpse at the changes in the concept of the new MacGyver. It still is a reimagining of the classic series, an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Till).
In the original pilot MacGyver was 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.
MacGyver now creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Eads will play a new character, maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton, who joins MacGyver team on high-risk missions around the globe. Under the aegis of the Department of External Services, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip. Hires plays MacGyver’s ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer who entertains him at home.
In addition to directing, Wan executive produces MacGyver alongside Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear for CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate.