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‘MacGyver’s’ Shooting a New Pilot with James Wan Back Directing

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‘MacGyver’s’ Shooting a New Pilot with James Wan Back Directing

CBS is reportedly reworking its “MacGyver” pilot — which was picked up by the network for its fall schedule — with a different concept, and James Wan (“The Conjuring 2”) back to direct.

According to Deadline, the new take on “MacGyver” comes from “Hawaii Five-O” showrunner Peter Lenkov, with only lead Lucas Till (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) and co-star George Eads back from the original pilot. Joining the new cast is Justin Hires from “21 Jump Street.”

Wan was involved with the project during the development stage, and was initially on board to direct the original pilot, until a scheduling conflict left him out of the running. He was replaced on the project by David Von Ancken (“Californication,” “Hell On Wheels”). Wan will now direct the first episode and oversee the series as executive producer.

The new take on the series sees MacGyver (Till) create a “clandestine organization within the U.S. government” where he uses his specific knowledge and skill set to save innocent lives. Eads will play “maverick” ex-CIA agent Jack Dalton, who joins MacGyver in his missions around the globe. Hires’ character, Wolt Bozer, is MacGyver’s “ambitious” roommate who “entertains him at home.”

Directed by Wan, and executive produced by Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear for CBS Television Studios, “MacGyver” premieres this fall on CBS.

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