CBS has handed out a formal pilot order for “MacGyver,” its reimagining of the classic 1980s TV series of the same name which its own CBS Television Studios will produce.
In this take, MacGyver will be a twenty-something man recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent future disasters from happening.
Paul Downs Colaizzo penned the new take with “Furious 7” and “Saw” helmer James Wan attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. Henry Winkler, who also produced the original series, will also executive produce along with Michael Clear.
The project, along with the “Nancy Drew” reboot, are said to be a high priority for the network. The original series ran for 139 episodes from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver. The WB shot a pilot for a “Young MacGyver” back in 2003 with “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki in the role.
CBS has also handed out a pilot order for “Bull,” a drama series based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw before he became a talk show host and served as the head of a prolific trial consulting services. McGraw and Paul Attanasio co-wrote the series.