With the growing number of series and movies dependent on advanced technology, one new show on CBS this year hopes to get "back to basics" and celebrate creative tinkering and problem solving. MacGyver, is coming back to television this fall and we caught up with the show's executive producers, Peter Lenkov and James Wan.
When asked about the desire to reboot MacGyver, executive producer Peter Lenkov celebrated the lack of advanced technology. "That's the beauty of doing the show," Lenkov said. "Most problems are solved with technology, how do we get to go back and get creative? How do we use our brains without relying on technology? I think that's one of the things that made that hero special. When you look at the TV landspace, to have someone who's creative and smart, and uses his brain to solve problems; that's interesting and refreshing I think, and that's one of the reasons why it belongs on TV today."
Executive producer James Wan explained that he feels "using technology to solve issues is kind of too easy these days." He's loves the MacGyver character for allowing them to put technology aside and focus on ingenuity. "I love putting him in these situations where he literally has to use his environment to survive," Wan said. "It's almost like old-school Jackie Chan. When you watch Jackie Chan fight, he uses his surroundings...I think MacGyver is that guy, and in a world so reliant on technology, it's kind of a breath of fresh air to go back to like the old-school action hero."
To watch the full interview with Peter Lenkov and James Wan, check out the video below and be sure to watch MacGyver Fridays this fall on CBS. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for future interviews with the cast and creators!