Back in October, we reported that Furious 7 director James Wan came aboard to produce a TV remake of the hit 1980s TV series MacGyver for CBS, along with Henry Winkler. While development continues on that series, Variety reports that Lionsgate is now moving forward with their own movie remake of MacGyver. Original series creator Lee David Zlotoff is set to produce alongside Neal H. Moritz, but no other details were revealed.
Back in 2012, James Wan was actually attached to direct a MacGyver movie remake, when New Line Cinema held the rights to the series. The filmmaker eventually moved on to direct Furious 7, and New Line Cinema lost the rights. It still isn't known if he will direct the pilot episode of the MacGyver TV remake, but that project is said to focus on a much younger version of the title character.
The plot will follow a "twentysomething" Angus MacGyver, who is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series, known as the Department of External Services (DXS). The title character uses his unique skill set for solving problems with bizarre and unconventional methods, to help prevent disasters before they happen. The new MacGyver will be roughly 10 years younger than Richard Dean Anderson was on the original MacGyver series, with this new version expected to shed light on how MacGyver acquired some of these infamous skills.
As for the movie version, it isn't known if Lionsgate has a writer or director attached at this time. When New Line first announced their movie remake back in 2009, Jason Richman (Bangkok Dangerous, Swing Vote) came aboard to write the screenplay. Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) provided script revisions, but now that Lionsgate owns the rights, its unlikely any of these previous scripts will be used.
The original MacGyver TV series, which ran from 1985 to 1992, starred Richard Dean Anderson as the title character, a secret agent working for The Phoenix Foundation. Although he never carried a gun, MacGyver used his innate technical know-how to defeat the bad guys with a variety of weapons he builds himself. It isn't known if Richard Dean Anderson will be involved in this theatrical remake. What do you think about this new MacGyver remake moving forward?