Remake fever continues unabated as yet another classic television show has been tapped for a reboot. This time it is the 1985 hit MacGyver, a show that followed secret agent Angus MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) over the course of seven seasons, which will now be getting a fresh new look. This show was famous for MacGyver’s resourcefulness and ingenuity, getting himself out of countless life of death dilemmas by re-purposing ordinary objects, relying on his trusty – and multifaceted – Swiss Army knife.
The show is moving networks from ABC to CBS, and this is just the beginning of the changes to the show. To distinguish itself from its predecessor – and to court a younger audience – this MacGyver will serve as an origin story for the handy agent, launching the series with the lead ten years younger then the original.
According to Deadline, R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles) will double as the show’s writer and executive producer along with Michael Clear, James Wan (Furious 7) and Henry Winkler, who served as the executive producer on the original series. This version will find a young MacGyver being recruited into the Department of External Services (DXS) and learning the skills that will eventually become his hallmark. There has been no news yet on possible casting.
This is not the first time new versions of MacGyver have been considered. ABC aired two made-for-TV movies in 1994 – MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday, and a pilot was made for a Young MacGyver spinoff series in 2003 that never took off. In 2009 there was talk of a New Line cinema remake that got as far as hiring writer Jason Richman that – like so many other Hollywood projects – never materialized. Wan himself worked on a never-produced project spanning MacGyver’s college years, and of course there is the SNL spoof and subsequent spin off film MacGruber.
In this era of almost non-stop reboots and remakes it’s difficult to get excited about yet another origin story hitting the small screen. Hopefully this show will more closely resemble the Hawaii Five-0 remake, evolving past the original mold and developing its own characters and mythology, as opposed to the failed Knight Rider and Bionic Man remakes. Winkler’s return is a positive sign that the show may be able to capture the fun and charm of the original, and it will certainly be an interesting project to watch develop.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the new MacGyver.