Get Your Duct Tape And Pocket Knife Ready - MacGyver is Coming Back!

Get Your Duct Tape And Pocket Knife Ready - MacGyver is Coming Back!

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The MacGyver reboot comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan.

MacGyver, for the uninitiated, was possibly one of the cheesiest shows ever aired, and followed the exploits of the titular MacGyver, portrayed by Stargate's Richard Dean Anderson, as he got himself out of improbable situations with even more improbable solutions. The show's legacy is such that the act of "MacGyver-ing" something has become a synonym for fixing something quickly with unconventional methods. The good (or bad) news for MacGyver fans is that a reboot has just been announced by CBS, with a new series set to come out in the near future.

The reboot will be helmed by Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, who is joined by the original series' producer: Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. The series will reportedly follow a younger, twentysomething version of MacGyver, when he is first recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series.

It is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his infamous skill sets.

MacGyver is such a huge part of popular culture, mostly for just how completely ludicrous it is. While it's great to see it being remade, it would be an absolute shame if they went for the "gritty realism" angle.

Source: Deadline

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It's Henry Winkler, not Henry WRINKler :)

Hmmm, origin story? For the man that meddled with Merlin from King Arthur's court (I seem to recall)?
Somehow I don't think that's a great idea. There are so many good new shows out there, I don't think I will watch this.

It all means absolutely nothing unless whoever they pick manages to replicate that fantastic mullet.

Christ, another one of these? More X-Files stuff, a Lethal Weapon show, all the Marvel adaptations, can we let the nostalgia go and make some new IP's already?

Remember when they tried to reboot Knight Rider? Yeah.

Furious 7 was one of the worst movies I have ever seen so my expectations are kinda low here.

It should star Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters as themselves; recruited by the CIA to perform duct-tape based clandestine operations in the Middle-East.

Flatfrog:
It should star Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters as themselves; recruited by the CIA to perform duct-tape based clandestine operations in the Middle-East.

And they should call it MythBusters - The Movie. Throw in some comedic sub-plots of busting various Myths about the CIA, and actually make it into a movie rather than a TV-series...

...Wait, sorry, this is about some guy called MacGyver? Who's he? :P

(In all seriousness, I'd watch the heck out of that. MacGyver on the other hand... a bit before my time. I may give it a watch if it gets rave reviews, but its simple existence doesn't really attract my attention.)

as much as i enjoyed the show, this seems rather a shot in the foot. but i could be also dead wrong. eventually i should get the entire series on dvd. ebay should sell them cheaper anyway.

I'm surprised at how okay with this I am. These fucks better not change the theme song though.

MacGyver, portrayed by Stargate's Richard Dean Anderson,

And that's the way it should be. MacGyver defined by Stargate, not the other way around. XD

008Zulu:
Remember when they tried to reboot Knight Rider? Yeah.

Eh. I could probably name 15 worse reboots easily. At least Optimus Prime was in it.

I shall be cautiously optimistic about this until there is a reason to no longer be so. I loved MacGuyver as a kid and even went ahead and purchased most of the seasons on DVD and found them entertaining, even if they are cheesy. And since Henry Winkler is involved and was the producer of the original series, I think he will help ensure the feel of the show remains the same.

008Zulu:
Remember when they tried to reboot Knight Rider? Yeah.

Granted I was too young for the original, but I really enjoyed that reboot.

OT: I don't know about this, RDA kind of made the show. But the Minority Report show looks decent (although it has a premise that works for TV) so I'll watch a few episodes.

Hmm, if this will be set in the '60's or '70's it has my tentative seal of approval. Modern day MacGyver would be meh.

1) Without Richard Dean Anderson, it won't be a 'cool'.

2) If the main character isn't sporting a mullet, the show will absolutely fail.

3) R.D.A. was far better in the Stargate SG-1 series than he ever was in McGyver. The reason was that he wasn't the main solo focus, but instead was one of a multi-cast of main characters who set the plot. Those co-stars helped prop him up during the series that really elevated TV sci-fi shows.

4) Is CBS finally pulling away from more and more reality TV shows for more class 'entertainment' TV with fantasy situations instead of just "here's some people on an island or in a house"? It would be nice if all of the main cable TV channels started doing that.

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ravenshrike:
Hmm, if this will be set in the '60's or '70's it has my tentative seal of approval. Modern day MacGyver would be meh.

Why? He'll just use his Swiss Army iPhone to do everything....

They better give him the best mullet money can buy or this is going to suck sooooo hard. Otherwise it looks like me and my brother can cosplay something now. At least then he can justify his mullet...

Is there any word on who will play MacGyver? i have a hard time thinking of someone to be honest.

If they are going to do this, they will have to make the show as absurd and cheesy as the old one.
I fear that being so bad it gets good is the best to hope for.

They did a A-team movie, now a MacGyver show, whats next? AirWolf?(ok, would honestly like to see that happen)

Cowabungaa:
Christ, another one of these? More X-Files stuff, a Lethal Weapon show, all the Marvel adaptations, can we let the nostalgia go and make some new IP's already?

Too hard.
Why think of a new original series when you can reboot some shit someone with imagination conceived decades agos.

For a second I was like, is that Miller from Metal Gear?

Deathfish15:
Why? He'll just use his Swiss Army iPhone to do everything....

Can't find it, but there is a comic, where it's shown that half if not more of MacGyver's adventures could be solved with a call from a mobile phone or internet.

Flatfrog:
It should star Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters as themselves; recruited by the CIA to perform duct-tape based clandestine operations in the Middle-East.

Ummm...they're actually working on a show along those lines...

ravenshrike:
Hmm, if this will be set in the '60's or '70's it has my tentative seal of approval. Modern day MacGyver would be meh.

I don't know, I want to see a modern MacGyver using knowledge gleaned from years of TV and internet totackle impossible problems.

Granted, it would look more like an episode of Jackass, but still.

Deathfish15:

3) R.D.A. was far better in the Stargate SG-1 series than he ever was in McGyver. The reason was that he wasn't the main solo focus, but instead was one of a multi-cast of main characters who set the plot. Those co-stars helped prop him up during the series that really elevated TV sci-fi shows.

It really was the overall chemistry of the cast that sold that show to me. RDA is definitely awesome, but without Michael Shanks or Chris Judge or Amanda Tapping, it probably wouldn't have been as cool.

Hell, even the supporting cast was pretty damn awesome.

Jeroenr:

They did a A-team movie, now a MacGyver show, whats next? AirWolf?(ok, would honestly like to see that happen)

Quantum Leap has my vote.

Gatlank:

Too hard.
Why think of a new original series when you can reboot some shit someone with imagination conceived decades agos.

The irony being that this complaint is older than MacGyver. And given that adaptation and remakes have been around almost as long as film, it seems a little hollow to complain about.

A more accurate idea is that Hollywood has no reason to, because people will buy up almost any 80s nostalgia they can get their hands on.

You can't improve upon perfection. If there's one thing modern television has proven it is incapable of, it's camp. It is unironic silliness that's still cool. Arguably, the modern remake would basically just be Burn Notice.

Also, why would we need MacGyver when we have Mythbusters? They do it for real.

It just won't be the same without Richard Dean Anderson.

I second @Cowabungaa . Modern movies and TV are getting to the point where it's JUST poorly made rehashes.

Will Liam Neeson make a cameo in this reboot? For some reason, I feel like it could use a touch of the Neeson set of skills... :p

Other than that, the mullet's going to be more that makes or breaks this potential series...

I greatly enjoyed this show back in the day; it was a weekly family night tv thing. I'm not sure how to react to this, I guess wait and see? Since it's a younger version, perhaps they will explain how he grew his mullet. Or...since it's a reboot, imagine if they decided to nix the mullet altogether? Selma and Patty would be furious.

Also...

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They did a A-team movie, now a MacGyver show, whats next? AirWolf?(ok, would honestly like to see that happen)

I...would also be pretty ok with an Airwolf show. When I first saw the copter, I thought that was sexy as hell. I always imagined a showdown between that and Blue Thunder

Wasn't there an article a month or so ago about them wanting to reboot/continue Stargate as either a new TV or movie series? Can't we just concentrate on one beloved Richard Dean Anderson classic at a time (and preferably just release remastered DVD and Bluray sets, instead of letting the hacks in charge of today's entertainment defecate out poor attempts at duplicating them for modern audiences)?

Did, did I just see a link to a YTMND (from the site's heyday no less) in an Escapists article? Double the nostalgia!!!

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