There’s a potential new MacGyver series on the way, and the lead role has been cast.
CBS has put into motion a drama pilot that reimagines the 1985 series, depicting our resourceful agent as a twenty-something-year-old man who joins the organisation seen in the original series. Yep, it’s a prequel.
Cast in the lead role is Lucas Till, best known for playing Havok in X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. He’s also starring in Monster Trucks, the in-the-works tentpole picture from Paramount, Nickelodeon and Disruption.
Also on board the pilot is up-and-comer Joshua Boone, cast as MacGyver’s best friend from high school, and George Eads, known for playing Nick Stokes in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
David Von Ancken, whose TV directing credits include The Vampire Diaries, Hell on Wheels, Californication and Salem, will be directing from a screenplay by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney.
Original MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff is attached as executive producer, working in an exec producing team that also includes The Conjuring and Furious Seven filmmaker James Wan.
MacGyver was quite the hit back in the day, lasting seven seasons from ’85 – ’92. We’ll let you know if this pilot manages to spark up a new series.