CBS Order ‘MacGyver’ Pilot

CBS make first decisive move in their planned reboot of 'MacGyver'

CBS have made another move toward rebooting ‘MacGyver’ by placing the official order for a pilot episode.

The potential series will follow a twenty-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

The project comes from writer Paul Downs Colaizzo and the original show’s executive producer Henry Winkler, with James Wan (Saw, Furious 7) slated to direct.

The original ‘MacGyver’ series ran from 1985 until 1992 and spawned two television movies. The show starred Richard Dean Anderson in the title role. In the show Mac started out as a secret agent for a covert US intelligence organisation, but is later recruited by a think tank called the Phoenix Organisation.

During its original run the series was a regular favourite with US viewers who would tune in each week to see MacGyver think up new and exciting ways to make good his escape with some duct tape and his trusty Swiss army knife.

As a fan of the classic series I have mixed feelings about this reboot, but I’m prepared to give it a chance and stick with it if it proves to be good, but I don’t envy the actor whose job it will be to take on the title role because they have an awfully big pair of shoes to fill.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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