Is it real? Could it be?

We’ve known for a while now that popular 80s TV series MacGyver will be making a comeback thanks to CBS Malaysian-born filmmaker James Wan. But never would we, in our wildest dreams, have ever expected a movie too!

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 12: Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver in the opening sequence of the action adventure television series, MacGyver. Image dated 1986. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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But in just case you don’t know who/what MacGyver is, allow us to introduce you.


MacGyver is an American action-adventure TV series created by Lee David Zlotoff, which ran for 7 seasons on ABC in the US and various other networks abroad from 1985 to 1992. The show follows secret agent Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson) who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS).

Educated as a scientist, MacGyver served as a Bomb Team Technician/EOD during the Vietnam War (“Countdown”). Resourceful and possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife. He prefers non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun.

Source: fanpop
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The TV reboot will feature a 10-years younger protagonist. Twentysomething Angus MacGyver gets recruited into the clandestine organisation from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The series is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.

Now, according to Variety, Lionsgate is developing the movie reboot. This was confirmed by Lionsgate Jon Feltheimer during Lionsgate’s earnings call with analysts over the weekend. He also said that the movie would be produced by series creator Lee David Zlotoff and Neal Moritz, producer of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise.


We don’t know anything else for now but since the show will serve as a prequel to the original TV series and since both the new show as well as the movie are going to be parked under Lionsgate, it’s safe to assume that the show and the movie will work in tandem to re-introduce Angus MacGyver to everyone.

More details will come a-rollin’ in soon, we reckon 🙂

Sources: The Verge, AV Club, The Escapist, The New Daily, Variety.

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