CBS Developing ‘MacGyver’ Reboot From R. Scott Gemmill & James Wan

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MacGyverThe latest iconic 1980s TV series getting a reboot this development cycle is MacGyver.

CBS is developing a reboot the classic Richard Dean Anderson starrer from CBS Television Studios, JAG and NCIS: Los Angeles scribe R. Scott Gemmill and Fast & Furious 7 helmer James Wan, TVWise has learned.

Described as a “reimagining”, CBS’ MacGyver follows a 20 year old Angus MacGyver who gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The original series lasted some seven seasons and two TV movies on ABC between 1985 & 1992 and starred future Stargate star Richard Dean Anderson as Angus MacGyver.

R. Scott Gemmill is penning the script for the “reimagined series”, which is set up at CBS Television Studios who, under their previous name as Paramount Network Television, produced the original ABC series. Henry Winkler, who served as an executive producer on the original, will executive produce the CBS series alongside R. Scott Gemmill and Michael Clear. James Wan will also serve as an executive producer and, in what will be his television debut, is attached to helm the pilot.

Much like last year, this year’s development cycle has been dominated by reboots and revivals as networks continue to look for potential new series that came with a “built in” audience and name awareness. MacGyver is the second reboot of classic 1980s series in the works so far this season and comes about a week after it was revealed that 20th Century Fox Television is working on a reboot of The A Team.

It’s worth noting here that CBS execs are said to be very high on this MacGyver project and have given it a hefty commitment. That said, these kinds of reboots, namely of classic series with ardent fan bases, are rarely successful. In the past five or so years only one such reboot, CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, has been successful, with most (such as ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, NBC’s The Rockford Files and USA Network’s Kojak) falling short.

  • james

    For me the jury is still out with this growing trend for reboots or re-imagined old TV shows and movies, though some stories merge well with contemporary trends the production line mentality of Producers is obviously forcing the issue to fill a burgeoning consumer demand with cable and streaming services, I feel original creativity will be the loser to CGI and pulp scripts.