Get ready for the return of the action-hero whose biggest weapon is his brain. Iron Man? No, this guy doesn’t need a suit of armor to be a hero, he just uses whatever’s handy to get out of jams. Like that scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony goes to Home Depot and makes Christmas ornament grenades and a stun glove. Except in MacGyver‘s case, he could have made that $#!% with a paper clip, a toaster oven, and a packet of Kool-Aid. In case you didn’t grow up in the 80s, you will get a chance to behold the glory of MacGyver for yourself as CBS has ordered a pilot for a series reboot.
Variety is reporting that the greenlight has been given by CBS to move forward with the reboot of MacGyver, “a reimagining of the 1980’s 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.” The new series (or the pilot anyway) is being written by Paul Downs Colaizzo who has no previous writing credits. James Wan (Furious 7) will direct the pilot, while Henry Winkler, who was a producer on the original MacGyver, will return to executive produce the new one.
This follows CBS’ startling trend of approving reboots of old TV shows and movies to form the backbone of their line-up (the rest is formed by NCIS and CSI spin-offs). This season has seen the launch of Limitless and the upcoming Rush Hour, and for next season, CBS has a pilot based on Training Day in the mix, which is now to be joined by MacGyver. Meanwhile, Person of Interest season 5 is still nowhere to be seen! (Sorry, not the time or the place, but it had to be said.) On top of it all, whoever gets cast as MacGyver is going to have big shoes to fill because Patty and Selma are still pining for Richard Dean Anderson.
We’ll have more on MacGyver as it develops.