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Last month, CBS debuted the first trailer for its new take on the classic 80s action-adventure series MacGyver, starring Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse) in the Richard Dean Anderson role as Anghus ‘Mac’ MacGyver.
With the show set to get underway in the fall, the network has decided to overhaul the pilot episode and revamp with concept, with only Lucas Till and co-star George Eads remaining attached to the cast. Meanwhile, James Wan – who was originally attached to direct the pilot – has come on board to helm the first episode of the series. Deadline details the changes to the concept, revealing that:
“In the original pilot MacGyver was 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. MacGyver now creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent »
- Gary Collinson
An executive producer on the series, Wan had originally been set to direct the pilot, but had to back away from it because of his feature film schedule. Since the show was picked up to series, CBS added four new series regulars to the show, including former “Rush Hour” star Justin Hires, and decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode. A window in Wan’s schedule will allow him to direct the new premiere.
Wan, a fan of the original “MacGyver,” had been in talks with New Line as far back as 2012 about directing a feature film based on the series. His most revent feature, “The Conjuring 2,” dominated at the box office last weekend, opening to $40.4 million. New Line revealed this week that it is working on a “Conjuring 2” spinoff, “The Nun, »
- Daniel Holloway
The first trailer has arrived online for CBS’ upcoming action drama MacGuyver. The show is a reimagining of the hit 1980’s TV series and sees X-Men’s Lucas Till taking over from Richard Dean Anderson in the lead role as Angus MacGyver. Check it out here…
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paperclip, his trusty Swiss Army knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit television series, this action-packed origin story follows the young MacGyver as he returns from war, a hero with an idealistic vision of saving the world. He and his late father’s best friend partner to form the clandestine Phoenix Foundation. Using his scientific know-how and resourcefulness, MacGyver—alongside his intrepid team—undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.
- Amie Cranswick
When it comes to figuring out why spy series MacGyver is getting a TV reboot, your guess is as good as mine, but today brings some news about what it’s going to look like, in the form of two cast additions.
Addison Timlin, known best for Californication but most familiar to this writer as the love interest for Anton Yelchin in Stephen Sommers’ under-appreciated Odd Thomas, has boarded the CBS project in the lead female role. She’s playing Mickey, an app developer who’s aggressively progressive in her political views but harbors a soft spot for Lucas Till’s MacGyver. Meanwhile, Michelle Krusiec (Hawaii Five-o) will play Agent Croix, who works for the Department of Homeland Security and is sister to a character named Lincoln (George Eads).
In case this is the first you’re hearing of the TV series, Till (X-Men: First Class) is set to take »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lots happening in Hollywood this week. Here’s a quick primer on stories you might have missed!
• Harry Potter Meets The Others Meets The Purge. Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, Thesis, Open Your Eyes) drops his latest psychological thriller, Regression, May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD as well as on demand through Starz Digital. With a script by Amenábar and a cast that includes Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, Harry Potter alums Emma Watson (Hermione) and David Thewlis (Lupin), and veteran Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3, Super 8, The Yellow Wallpaper, True Blood), this satanic-cult thriller has a lot of potential. I know what I’ll be doing May 10!
• Everything Old Is New Again. CBS has found the lead for its reboot of the Richard Dean Anderson action-fantasy series MacGyver. Deadline reports that Lucas Till (X-men: Days Of Future Past, Stoker, Kristy) has signed on to play the innovative secret agent known for »
- Harker Jones
Actor Lucas Till is the new and young face of the rebooted series, MacGyver. Lucas Till Set To Be The New ‘MacGyver’ The leading role, once made famous by Richard Dean Anderson will focus on a 20-something MacGyver as he works his way through society and saves people’s lives. Till will play alongside Joshua Boone, who’s been cast as Gunner, […]
- Crystal Smith
Fans of mid-80s network TV adventure shows probably hold MacGyver pretty close to their hearts, along with Magnum Pi, Knight Rider, and probably Tom Sellick’s mustache, come to think of it. And in great news for TV executives, those same fans are now grownups with bank accounts, mortgages and children….and a desperate need for escapes from those things. Nostalgic escapes, preferably. And so it has come to pass that nostalgia has become synonymous with TV in particular these days, with practically every show from our collective childhood being revived in some form or another. They were bound to get around to MacGyver sooner or later, and the upcoming revival has apparently found its lead.
- Thomas O'Connor
Move over, Richard Dean Anderson. There's a new MacGyver in town. Lucas Till, best known for playing Havok in Fox's X-Men Universe, will be putting together all sorts of contraptions to escape the stickiest of situations for CBS as the network hopes to rejuvenate a past property for modern audiences. The search for the lead role got complicated along the way as there was no script for the pilot... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Not to be confused with Lionsgate’s cinematic reboot, Till will now assume the role of the Phoenix Foundation operative – one made famous by Richard Dean Anderson in the original 80s series – bringing an end to a long and extensive search staged by CBS. In addition, Joshua Boone has been recruited as Gunner, a series regular and best friend to Till’s street-wise schemer.
Viewed as a total reboot of the cult action series, THR notes that the network’s modern reimagining is to “follow a 20-something MacGyver (Till) 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.”
As for Till, outside of X-Men prequel trilogy, the 25-year-old American broke onto the scene with Walk the Line, »
- Michael Briers
Months after we first reported that CBS is developing a new MacGyver TV series with Furious 7 director James Wan, the network has finally found their leading man. Deadline reports that X-Men: Apocalypse star Lucas Till has signed on to play the title character Angus McGyver, with Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) also joining the cast. The project will be a modern-day re-imagining of the original 1985 TV series, featuring a much younger protagonist.
The plot will follow a "twentysomething" Angus MacGyver, who is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series, known as the Department of External Services (Dxs). The title character uses his unique skill set for solving problems with bizarre and unconventional methods, to help prevent disasters before they happen. The initial report from October revealed that producers wanted the new MacGyver to be roughly 10 years younger than Richard Dean Anderson was on the original MacGyver series, with »
Till will take on the title character first made famous by Richard Dean Anderson in the network’s pilot reboot of the 1980s television series.
The “MacGyver” pilot is described as a reimagining of the original show, following Till’s twentysomething 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.
Also newly cast as a series regular in the pilot is Joshua Boone, who will play Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from high school. The duo joins previously announced “CSI” alum George Eads, who will play Lincoln, a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist, but he’s a legit government employee with great capability for compassion.
Till’s casting in the titular role »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Who’d have expected CBS to find its new MacGyver at Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters?
Lucas Till, best known for playing Havok in the X-Men movies, has been tapped to star in the network’s upcoming MacGyver reboot pilot, our sister site Deadline reports. He’ll play the titular agent — you know, the one with a knack for turning everyday objects into life-saving tools — originally portrayed by Richard Dean Anderson from 1985 to 1992.
Here’s the original MacGyver in action, just in »
“X-Men’s” Lucas Till will soon be making life-saving inventions out of household materials. Till has been cast as the titular lead on CBS’s “MacGyver” pilot, TheWrap has learned. Additionally, Joshua Boone has signed on as a series regular. This “MacGyver” is a reimagining of the TV series of the same name, which starred Richard Dean Anderson and ran on U.S. television from 1985 to 1992. It will follow a 20-something (Till) who is recruited into a clandestine organization and uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways in order to help prevent disasters from happening. Also Read: Minnie Driver »
- Tony Maglio
The new take follows a twenty-something MacGyver (Till) 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.
The casting caps a weeks-long search by CBS. The network originally had a script by R. Scott Gemmill ("NCIS: La") but instead have picked up the pilot without a script after deciding to go with a new pitch from Paul Downs Colaizzo ("Lfe") who was initially attached to the project when it was in development.
- Garth Franklin
After a strong start, 10 seasons and multiple spin-offs took Stargate Sg-1 further and further away from its original premise...
I’ve recently had time to catch-up on the staple of afternoon television when I was a lad, Stargate Sg-1. First launched in 1997, it ran for ten seasons and it’s aged surprisingly well, in no small part due to it being heavily character-driven and fairly horror-focussed for its first two runs. This is most likely thanks to its first five seasons airing on sex-and-guts cable channel Showtime, while its later seasons aired the more clean-cut Syfy channel in the Us. All in all, it’s rip-roaring sci-fi; the kind of ‘explore and fight with interesting plots and great character arcs’ storytelling that filled the void left by successive Star Trek series which never quite captured the wonder of the unknown in the way that the Original Series or The Next Generation did. »
A funny thing happened on the way to a movie parody getting a sequel: the original inspiration will be rebooted. Let us explain. Debuting in September 1985, MacGyver became a modest success in its first season, despite being programmed on Sunday evening opposite Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, which itself was not the breakout hit many expected. While Amazing Stories wavered in quality as an anthology show from week to week, MacGyver developed a solid groove, led by Richard Dean Anderson in the leading role, and attracted an even more devoted following in its second season after a move to Monday evening. Anderson was an ideal actor to play an off-beat character, a scientist who served in the Vietnam War and survived to become a secret agent. He preferred using his...
- Peter Martin
It’s a pretty good time for fans of MacGyver. Last week CBS announced a pilot order for a new TV series from James Wan (Fast & Furious 7) and original executive producer Henry Winkler, and now Variety is reporting that Lionsgate is in development on a big screen reboot of the 80s action-adventure series.
During a conference call with analysts, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement about the movie, revealing that original series creator Lee David Zlotoff will be producing alongside Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious).
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood has been trying to jumpstart the MacGyver brand for years. The original series, starring Richard Dean Anderson, ran from 1985 to 1992, and maintains a legacy of a hero who was always able to get himself out of troublesome situations by using whatever items were nearby to concoct a flawless escape. It's apparently been missed a great deal, because not only is CBS bringing forth a pilot to try to launch a... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Back in October, we reported that Furious 7 director James Wan came aboard to produce a TV remake of the hit 1980s TV series MacGyver for CBS, along with Henry Winkler. While development continues on that series, Variety reports that Lionsgate is now moving forward with their own movie remake of MacGyver. Original series creator Lee David Zlotoff is set to produce alongside Neal H. Moritz, but no other details were revealed.
Back in 2012, James Wan was actually attached to direct a MacGyver movie remake, when New Line Cinema held the rights to the series. The filmmaker eventually moved on to direct Furious 7, and New Line Cinema lost the rights. It still isn't known if he will direct the pilot episode of the MacGyver TV remake, but that project is said to focus on a much younger version of the title character.
The plot will follow a "twentysomething" Angus MacGyver, »
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure of both projects on Friday during Lionsgate’s earnings call with analysts. He said the movie would be produced by series creator Lee David Zlotoff and Neal Moritz, producer of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, but gave no further details.
“MacGyver” ran for seven seasons on ABC in the U.S. from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as secret agent Angus MacGyver, who worked for the Department of External Services. The series is best remembered for MacGyver’s ability to solve complex problems with ordinary objects and his Swiss Army knife.
After the market closed Thursday, Lionsgate had reported sharply lower earnings of $40.7 million, or 27 cents a share — less than half of the year-ago quarter — for its third fiscal quarter. The »
- Dave McNary
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