Here’s another story about Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy, and while most of those stories are immediately offensive to the heart and mind, this one strikes even closer to home because it’s about MacGyver. Now you may not be that familiar with MacGyver. It’s been almost 25 years since new adventures have aired on TV, and most people are familiar with MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson from his follow-up job on Stargate SG-1. If you’re familiar at all with MacGyver, it maybe from Simpsons reruns, or from the parody movie MacGruber, but all that is about to change. MacGyver is about be rebooted for a new generation.
According to Deadline, this new MacGyver is being developed for CBS by writer R. Scott Gemmill (of JAG, NCIS: Los Angeles), executive producer Michael Clear, and original MacGyver EP Henry “The Fonz” Winkler. Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan will direct the pilot and executive produce. Interestingly, Wan had been trying to develop a MacGyver feature that would have focused on the early years of the character to no success. In 2003, the WB tried to do a continuation of the original series that would have featured Jared Paladecki as MacGyver’s nephew. It was basically James Bond Jr. but MacGyver.
MacGyver aired for seven seasons on ABC and starred Anderson as a secret agent of sorts who works for the Phoenix Foundation. Unlike most secret agents though, MacGyver hated the use of violence and guns, and used his encyclopedic knowledge of science and a keen eye for innovation and invention to get himself and friends out of tough jams. This new series is described as “A 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.”
No word yet on who might play the new MacGyver, or when it will air, but this is one of a number of 80s and 90s TV show reboots that have been announced in the last couple of weeks including The A-Team, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the gay version of Hart to Hart. Lethal Weapon is also being developed as a series for next season.
We’ll have more news on this project as it develops. In the meantime, enjoy the old MacGyver opening.