CBS scraps MacGyver pilot, brings in James Wan to direct a new version

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Jun 17, 2016, 12:59 PM EDT

CBS is still keen to put a new version of MacGyver on the small screen, but it’ll apparently look a good bit different than the trailer released a few weeks ago.

The network has hired the uber-versatile James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) to take a crack at a new version of the pilot, which will reportedly include some major course corrections compared to the existing version, shot by David Von Ancken. Wan was actually attached to direct the pilot in the first place but dropped out due to scheduling concerns. But now, with the network making it a priority, they've lured Wan back to take another crack at it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, stars Lucas Till (MacGyver) and George Eads (CIA agent Jack Dalton) are still attached, though Wan is leading some new casting initiatives for supporting roles that will heavily change the direction of the pilot episode (and the series itself, one would imagine). It’ll be interesting to see what Wan does with the franchise, and he certainly has the action chops to blow it out of the water.

Though a full reshoot is somewhat rare, it’s important to remember the MacGyver reboot has already gone through its fair share of development shakeups. The first pilot was written by R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: L.A.), though it wasn’t picked up to series until Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney (Code Black) took a crack at it. Peter Leskov (Hawaii Five-0) has now joined the series as a writer and will apparently play a role in shaping up the script Wan is using.

Despite the reshoots, the series is still set to debut this fall.

CBS must think a lot of this project (it ain’t cheap to completely reshoot a pilot), and it seems they’re heavily committed to trying to make this reboot a hit. Here’s hoping all the hard work pays off, because who wouldn’t want an awesome new spin on MacGyver?

Check out the trailer for the original cut of the pilot below:


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)