James Wan is getting back to CBS’ MacGyver reboot.
Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious) is set to direct the first episode of the reboot of the popular 1985 series. The pilot for the MacGyver reboot, originally to be directed by Wan but eventually helmed by David Von Ancken (Californication, Hell On Wheels, Salem), was tossed out by CBS in order to take the show in a new direction. The script for Wan’s episode was written by Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O, CSI: NY). Stars Lucas Till (X-Men, Monster Trucks) and George Eads (CSI, Savannah, Young Justice) will be the only actors returning from Ancken’s pilot, and they will be joined in Wan’s episode by new cast addition Justin Hires (Rush Hour, TripTank, Ken Jeong Made Me Do It).
Wan, who has had quite a successful film career ranging from Saw to Fast and Furious 7, has been attached to CBS’ MacGyver reboot since its inception. Wan was originally set to direct the pilot until scheduling conflicts with current boxoffice hit The Conjuring 2 occurred. Wan is an executive producer on MacGyver along with Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill (CSI: Cyber, Burn Notice), Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Children’s Hospital, Arrested Development), Lee Zlotoff (Original MacGyver series) and Michael Clear (Lights Out). The series comes from CBS Television and Lionsgate.
The original pilot for the MacGyver reboot saw the endlessly resourceful character brought on to join a secret organization where he uses his ingenious ability to craft things out of everyday objects to prevent disasters. This new take sees MacGyver (Till) create this mystery organization as a part of the U.S. government. MacGyver works with new character Jack Dalton (Eads), a former CIA agent, as they take on dangerous, globe-trotting missions as members of the Department of External Services.