In a move that pretty much signifies that they are officially out of new ideas and are relying on used chewing gum, paper clips, and duct tape, CBS has announced that are developing a reboot of an ABC show from the 80s: MacGyver. The new show is being directed by Furious 7 and Saw director James Wan and the original show’s executive producer Henry Winkler, and is going to focus on the twentysomething Angus MacGyver (the character made famous by Richard Dean Anderson) and detail how he got recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series, where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. Rumor has it the series will explain how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
No mention of whether or not the new version of the character will retain the trademark aversion to guns, an idea that was a refreshing change then and would be even more so now. That isn’t to say there won’t be explosions that would make Michael Bay jealous.
For those that don’t remember the original series, it was created by Lee David Zlotoff and executive produced by Winkler and John Rich. It ran for 7 seasons from 1985 to 1992 and had two made-for-tv movies produced in 1994. It focused on stories involving a secret agent who used ordinary objects to solve extra-ordinary problems.
The announcement comes on the heels of Fox announcing a reboot of A-Team. Rebooting older TV shows seems to have become a trend as Fox is readying Lethal Weapon and Behind Enemy Lines; Training Day is also in the works at CBS; And the CW is prepping The Notebook and Friday the 13th. Adding to the existing list of reboots that come out this year including Heroes, Limitless, Minority Report and the upcoming Rush Hour and Uncle Buck.To date no one can explain the plethora of reboots that no one has asked for.
No announcement yet on who will star in the series.
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