James Wan will have a more hands-on role in the MacGyver reboot after all. The Conjuring and Furious 7 director will take charge of a reimagined first episode of the new CBS series.
Wan, a co-creator of the Saw franchise, was going to be the pilot’s director, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict, per Deadline. David Von Ancken replaced Wan, and now Wan is replacing him for the reshoot. Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov penned the new screenplay.
The action-adventure drama focuses on 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) — inspired by the ’80s series starring Richard Dean Anderson — who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Lincoln (ex-CSI star George Eads).
Originally, the show was going to center on MacGyver, who is recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters.
Wan will also serve as an executive producer.
MacGyver will air Fridays at 8 p.m. this fall on CBS.