Hollywood has been tinkering away on plans for years now for a reboot of MacGyver, the iconic 1980’s TV show – and winner of Best TV Mullet Award for for 7 years straight! – that saw Richard Dean Anderson as a secret agent who preferred to use scientific and engineering know-how instead of guns to think his way out of sticky situations. It also made every kid around the world want to own a Swiss Army knife.
At one stage Furious 7 director James Wan was attached to helm a feature film adaptation, but when those plans fell through, efforts were shifted to instead get a TV series reboot off the ground on CBS with Wan still attached as producer. Since then the search for the new MacGyver has been on, and after he probably demonstrated how to build an atomic bomb using only three rubber bands, pencil shavings, a magnet and some cleaning detergents, Lucas Till has landed the coveted lead role according to THR.
You will most probably recognize Till as the volatile Alex Summers aka Havok from the last few X-Men films. The 25-year old actor won’t have any fancy mutant powers to get himself out of a jam now though, as this reboot will follow “a 20-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.” And as the upcoming 80’s set X-Men: Apocalypse shows, he does know his way around a mullet of sorts.
Also joining Till will be Joshua Boone, who will play MacGyver’s best friend from high school, Gunner, as well as as CSI alum George Eads as Lincoln, a nutjob conspiracy theorist who just so happens to also be a good government agent.
Prolific TV director David Von Ancken, who’s done extensive work on everything from Californication to Cold Case to Hell on Wheels and more, will be helming the MacGyver pilot episode for CBS, which was scripted by Brett Mahoney (Code Black) and newcomer Paul Downs Colaizzo. Henry Winkler, executive producer of the original show, will be back in the same capacity alongside Wan and his production company Atomic Monster. There’s no reported date yet for when the pilot episode will be completed.
Last Updated: March 22, 2016