MacGyver reboot lands pilot order at CBS, get your paper clips ready

Hey, if there’s anybody who can find a way to escape development hell, it’s MacGyver.

Entertainment Weekly reports CBS has ordered a pilot for a reboot of MacGyver, the iconic 1980’s action/spy-fi series about a man who can build just about anything from the household items lying around a room. This version of the story is billed as a “reimagining,” and will focus on a “20-something MacGyver who is recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters.”

The pilot will be written and executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, with Michael Clear and Henry Winkler attached to executive produce. Obviously, no word yet on who might be tasked with following in Richard Dean Anderson’s iconic shoes to take on the namesake agent. The MacGyver set-up seems like the perfect fit for our procedural-centric television landscape (even the devil himself is solving crimes these days!), and if they can manage to retain the charm of the original, it could certainly make for a fun series.

Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to pull MacGyver out of retirement. The WB (aka The CW) flirted with a Young MacGyver series back in the early-2000s starring Supernatural star Jared Padalecki, but eventually passed. A film adaptation has also been kicking around since 2008, though with this pilot moving forward (and Anderson not getting any younger), you’d have to think it’s also past its sale-by date.

What do you think? Would you watch a new MacGyver series? What do you want to see from the franchise? Is there any way to conceivably pull that mullet off in 2016?


(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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