According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is looking at rebooting MacGyver with James Wan to direct.
The report claims that R. Scott Gemmill will pen the script and exec produce alongside Henry Winkler with James Wan directing the pilot. Wan has already described his vision for the now-defunct MacGyver movie, so this may be a second chance for Wan to realize his vision of a new MacGyver.
The show will apparently revolve around a twenty-something Angus MacGyver who 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 is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
There is no mention in this report of Lee Zlotoff’s role in the show. Zlotoff is the owner of the MacGyver copyright and – as we understand it – needs to give his stamp of approval on any new MacGyver project. It’s conceivable that this is a preliminary idea from CBS being floated to see if it is in fact possible.
This announcement comes on the back of what seems to be a reboot frenzy in Hollywood at the moment with The A-Team, Minority report, X Files, Uncle Buck, Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon all being lined up for the reboot treatment with mixed results. Minority Report hasn’t lived up to the potential thus far, Heroes: reborn had modest reviews while Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ has had positive reviews.
Only time will tell how this MacGyver reboot plan will pan out and if they have enough duck tape and paper clips to MacGyver it together.