Given the amount of interest that ‘MacGyver’ has had in recent years with the spoof comedy ‘McGruber’, the ‘MacGyver’ advert that Richard Dean Anderson did and a comic book run by Tony Lee and Lee David Zlotoff. It’s surprising that it has taken this long.
But now it looks like CBS have their eye on some duct tape, anti freeze and whatever else they can muster in an attempt to reboot the iconic show, which made Richard Dean Anderson into a household name during the late 80s to mid 90s.
According to TheWrap CBS is developing a reimagining of the iconic television series, which will go by the same name of ‘MacGyver,’ but will feature a 20 something version of Angus MacGyver being recruited by a clandestine organization for his ability with problem solving and out of the box thinking.
Attached to this new take on ‘MacGyver’ is director James Wan.
It’s worth noting here that this is not the first time that a Network has tried to do a younger MacGyver series. Back in 2003 an attempt was made with a pilot titled ‘Young MacGyver,’ which centred on the Nephew of Richard Dean Anderson’s Angus MacGyver from the original. The title role in the muted pilot was played by ‘Supernatural’ actor Jared Padalecki and the pilot, which to my knowledge never got aired was directed by Stephen Herek.
It seems that there have been several attempts in recent years by series creator Lee David Zlotoff to bring ‘MacGyver’ back. At one stage a film was supposedly in the works, but things went quiet on that front fairly quickly.
If CBS gets this one out of the gate successfully and manage to update the series and character while keeping it in the spirit of the original series. Then I’d be happy to support it. Indeed the world of the present day likely has as many if not more environmental and political issues for MacGyver to deal with than he had back in the day.