James Wan to Direct ‘MacGyver’ Premiere

James Wan is set to direct the premiere episode of CBS’ “MacGyver” reboot.

An executive producer on the series, Wan had originally been set to direct the pilot, but had to back away from it because of his feature film schedule. Since the show was picked up to series, CBS decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode, retaining Lucas Till and George Eads from the original pilot but otherwise adding an entirely new cast. On Monday, “Rush Hour” star Justin Hires was added to the cast.

A window in Wan’s schedule will allow him to direct the new premiere.

Wan, a fan of the original “MacGyver,” had been in talks with New Line as far back as 2012 about directing a feature film based on the series. His most revent feature, “The Conjuring 2,” dominated at the box office last weekend, opening to $40.4 million. New Line revealed this week that it is working on a “Conjuring 2” spinoff, “The Nun,” with Wan set to produce and a new director to take the helm.

Wan is also set to direct the “Aquaman” feature film for Warner Bros.

“MacGyver,” starring Lucas Till, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate. Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear serve alongside Wan as executive producers. The series is a reboot of the original “MacGyver,” which aired from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as a member of a U.S. government clandestine organization who uses his problem-solving talents to save lives.

 

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