CBS today handed out a series order for MacGyver, a reboot of the popular 1980s series that helped make Richard Dean Anderson (Stargate‘s Jack O’Neill) a household name.
Actor Lucas Till, 25, will play a young version of Angus MacGyver in the reboot, in which an ingenuitive young man creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
George Eads (CSI) co-stars, though CBS will reportedly recast the rest of the show following the pilot.
Till’s film credits include 2014’s Wolves (which also co-starred Stargate Atlantis‘s Jason Momoa), and all three of the recent X-Men films — First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse — in which he plays Havok, a.k.a. Alex Summers.
The project has been in the works for some time at CBS Television Studios, including numerous changes behind the scenes. The final pilot script was written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and David Von Ancken (Salem) wound up replacing original director James Wan (Saw).
There’s no word yet on any participation in the series from Anderson, though original series executive producer Henry Winkler is on board alongside Wan and his production partner Michael Clear, plus Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O) and original MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff. Winkler (Happy Days, Arrested Development) also served as producer for MacGyver‘s two TV movies and 2003’s revival attempt Young MacGyver, which would have starred Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki.
The original MacGyver aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992.
CBS has not yet announced when it will schedule the new show, including whether it will bow as part of the fall schedule or at mid-season early next year.