Nearly 25 years after MacGyver ended its run, a reboot of the popular action-adventure series is in the works at CBS, with Furious 7’s James Wan set to direct the debut episode.
The original series, which aired from 1985 to 1992, starred Richard Dean Anderson as a member of a clandestine U.S. government organization who harnesses his extraordinary scientific problem-solving skills to save lives, while putting himself in extreme danger. Since 2012, there have been plans to revisit the show in some form, first as a big screen adaptation. After it was decided to bring the project back to television, a pilot was developed and CBS picked up the show. Since then, major changes have been made, resulting in a new premiere episode.
James Wan will also serve as one of the show’s executive producers, alongside actor/director/producer Henry Winkler, who produced the original. Wan has been in high demand the past few years. Primarily known for horror movie franchises like The Conjuring and Insidious, he is successfully expanding into other genres and will soon direct the much anticipated Aquaman film, due for release in 2018.
Lucas Till (X-Men movies) is set to star as the brilliantly resourceful 20-something Angus MacGyver. Other cast members announced so far are Justin Hires (TV’s Rush Hour) as Wilt Bozer, and George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as the maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton.
Peter M. Lenkov (24 and the new Hawaii Five-0) is writing the script.
The reboot is scheduled to premiere on CBS on September 23.