Back in October, it was revealed that James Wan is set to executive produce a MacGyver remake for CBS. The filmmaker was originally slated to direct the pilot episode, but he was forced to back out due to scheduling conflicts with The Conjuring 2. While CBS did issue a series order for the remake last month, they are actually scrapping this pilot and reshooting it with James Wan at the helm, and a new concept.
Deadline reports that Lucas Till and George Eads are still staying on board, with Till playing Angus MacGyver and George Eads playing a new character, but the rest of the cast will be replaced. Justin Hires recently signed on to play Wilt Bozer, Angus' ambitious roommate. No other cast members have come aboard quite yet.
The original premise followed MacGyver as he was recruited into a secret government organization by the U.S. Government, where he uses his unusual skills to solve problems in an unconventional way. The new premise features MacGyver actually creating this clandestine organization within the government. George Eads is still playing a "maverick former CIA agent," but his character's name is now Jack Dalton, instead of Lincoln, who goes on these missions with MacGyver. No other differences between the original premise and this new take were revealed, and it isn't known if any of the footage shown in the first trailer will be salvaged for this new pilot.
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Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0) wrote the pilot script for this new version of the show. R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles) was originally set to write the pilot script when we first reported on the show back in October, who was eventually replaced by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney. James Wan will still serve as executive producer with Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear.
CBS hasn't announced any of its premiere dates for their fall schedule, and it isn't known when production will begin on the new pilot. We also don't know if this will affect the show's premiere, but the network announced last month that the show will air on Friday nights at 8 PM ET this fall. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more details on MacGyver as soon as we have them.