Just one week after Chris Morgan teamed up with 20th Century Fox to develop an A-Team remake, his Furious 7 director, James Wan, is tackling a TV remake of his own. Deadline reports that James Wan is teaming up with Henry Winkler and CBS to produce a remake of MacGyver. The remake will feature a protagonist that is much younger than in the original series.
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.
R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles) is writing the pilot script and will serve as executive producer with James Wan, Henry Winkler, who produced the original series, and Michael Clear. James Wan had actually developed a MacGyver movie reboot, which focused on the title character's college years. We haven't heard anything about the movie in quite some time, so it seems the filmmaker is focusing his efforts on bringing the character to the small screen instead.
The original series aired on ABC for seven seasons between 1985 to 1992, following Richard Dean Anderson's title character, who steered clear of guns following a traumatic accident, and instead uses his ingenuity to get out of trouble. The remake comes from CBS TV Studios, which owns the rights to the original series, produced by its predecessor, Paramount Network Television. The series was often spoofed on Saturday Night Live in a recurring sketch that was eventually adapted into the 2010 movie MacGruber, starring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig.
James Wan is coming off the box office blockbuster Furious 7, which took in more than $1.5 billion worldwide. He is currently filming The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, and he is also set to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros. It isn't known if the filmmaker will also come aboard to direct the MacGyver pilot, but we'll keep you posted.