The new series will follow a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his ability to frequently solve problems in unconventional ways to prevent disasters from happening. According to EW, CBS veteran Scott Gemmill, who is known for NCIS: Los Angeles and The Unit, will be the showrunner.
CBS also noted that the series will be executive produced by James Wan (Furious 7, Insidious).
It’s been over six years since we’ve heard MacGyver mentioned in the news, as we haven’t heard anything since 2009 when New Line announced a new MacGyver movie (which has apparently been shelved at this point).
The original MacGyver TV series aired in the 1980s with Richard Dean Anderson playing the titular role. The series is highly-rated, and it’s going to be tough for CBS to bring the series to new audiences, given just how much MacGyver was a product of the 80s. Only time will tell who CBS will get to play the role of Angus MacGyver in the reboot (come to think of it, his first name will probably change). And, it’s going to be hard for series today to pull of fantastic scenes like this one:
Of course, MacGyver is just the latest TV series getting a reboot, as Fuller House, The Muppets, Prison Break, Heroes and The X-Files have all recently seen reboots in production.