MacGyver, for those television viewers who may have been too young to remember the popular American action-adventure series when it initially aired on ABC in the late 1980s, followed the thrilling adventures of secret agent Angus MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson), a former Bomb team technician of the Vietnam War. Week to week, MacGyver was tasked with solving increasingly complex problems for the government using only an assortment of ordinary objects and his own learned understanding of the physical sciences.
The show initially ran for a total of seven seasons until its finale in 1992, before going on to spawn two made-for-television movies in 1994. However the series will now continue on CBS in the form of a prequel series to the original program with James Wan (The Conjuring) attached to direct the pilot episode. But that’s not all that fans of the original series have to look forward to.
According to THR, Lionsgate is developing a MacGyver feature film reboot as part of a development deal with CBS – meaning that viewers will be able to see both a young Angus MacGyver on the small screen and his more seasoned counterpart on the big screen simultaneously. The film is set to be co-produced by the original MacGyver TV series creator Lee David Zlotoff and Neal Moritz of 21 Jump Street and Fast & Furious fame. Meanwhile, Henry Winkler will serve once more as executive producer on the CBS television series.
Seeing the return of a such an iconic character and franchise on both big and small screens in the near future is something to get excited about for those who watched the original MacGyver TV show up until its last series of installments on ABC. Whether or not both of these productions will be able to attract and sustain an audience of viewers otherwise unfamiliar with the property remains to be seen, as said contingency could pose a potential stumbling block in regards to attracting new viewers to the preexisting character and world.
Then again, following the success of the comparable 1980s series reboot of 21 Jump Street from 2012, perhaps Lionsgate and CBS will be able to update their potentially dated property to the tastes of the twenty-first century. While it remains to be seen as to whether or not either production will be an entirely somber affair, it might serve series creator Zlotoff and longtime executive producer Winkler to imbue at least some humor and self-awareness into the proceedings of their respective MacGyver projects.
Screen Rant will keep you up to speed on development of the MacGyver film reboot and prequel series alike.