Holy reboot. Swiss army knives might become cool again!
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. Twenty something 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 also is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
Word is CBS has high hopes for this project.
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.
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.
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.
Story via Deadline.com