The series that put making life-saving inventions out of household materials on the map may be headed back to TV: The Hollywood Reporter has word that a “MacGyver” reboot is in the works at CBS, with “Furious 7” director James Wan attached to executive producer and direct the pilot, if things get to that stage.
Here’s the description of the project: “reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.” TV veteran R. Scott Gemmill, currently a “NCIS: Los Angeles” executive producer, will write the script for the pilot, and is also on board to executive produce. Henry Winkler, who also executive produced the original series, will serve in that role on the new show.
The original “MacGyver” ran on ABC from 1985 to 1992, and starred Richard Dean Anderson in the famous role of Angus MacGyver, a secret agent who eschewed use of a gun in favor of solving problems using everyday items. This isn’t the first attempt at a “MacGyver” revival — Wan was attached to direct a feature film that had been in development at New Line Cinema.
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