Following news of ‘The A-Team’ reboot, is ‘MacGyver’ the next classic series to be brought back?
The recent run of old TV shows being resurrected is continuing, as CBS are reportedly planning to bring back 80s series ‘MacGyver’, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The action series originally ran from 1985-1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as secret agent Angus MacGyver.
Richard Dean Anderson starred as 'MacGyver' in the orignal series.
According to THR, the reboot is described as a reimagining of the original series and will follow a 20-something MacGyver who ‘gets recruited into a clandestine organisation where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening’.
THR also reports that original series producer Henry Winkler is onboard for the reboot with 'NCIS: Los Angeles' R. Scott Gemmill penning the script and serving as executive producer. While not much is known about what the reboot will entail, Aquaman director James Wan is also said to be onboard with his Atomic Monster productions.
Wan had previously been slated to direct New Line's planned 'MacGyver' movie in 2012, but the project never made it past the development stage. In 2003 the WB network had attempted a spin off series titled ‘Young MacGyver’, starring 'Supernatural's' Jared Padalecki but it also did not move forward.
'MacGyver' ran for seven seasons on ABC, from 1985-1992 and also spawned two TV movies on ABC in 1994. The show was only a moderate ratings success, but went on to find a larger audience thanks to re-runs. In an August 2007 survey by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, MacGyver was voted as the fictional hero most Americans would want nearby if they were caught in an emergency.