People who think there’s nothing new on TV might be right. Studios are planning a variety of reboots this year: Movies like Lethal Weapon, Minority Report, and Limitless are getting their own TV series, while TV series including X-Files, Prison Break and Heroes are being resurrected for your entertainment. Such is also the case with MacGyver, as CBS is looking to breathe new life into the iconic 80’s TV show.
Give MacGyver a match, some duck tape and a few wires and he’ll find a way to enable 3D Touch on a door handle – well, OK, that example is a bit far-fetched, but you get the idea. Starring Richard Dean Anderson, the show went on for seven seasons following the adventures of a secret agent-type of hero who used a variety of usual products to get himself out of tricky situations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly, CBS has partnered up with Furious 7 director James Wan to produce a pilot for the new show. However, a series has not been ordered just yet.
The new series will have a brand new star, a 20-something version of the old MacGyver who “gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.”
As The Verge reports, Wan wanted to make a MacGyver movie as far back as 2012, but he had to postpone the project and focus on Furious 7.
“I wanted to put my MacGyver story around something like a North by Northwest: He gets blamed for something that he had designed, something really big that’s something everyone wanted, and now someone has weaponized it and everyone’s coming after him,” Wan said in an interview last year.