Earlier this week at the Syfy TCA panel, co-exec producer Terry Matalas said that the channel’s new series adaptation of 12 Monkeys is a “complete reimagining” of the original film. “We didn’t want to redo the movie and so we changed everything from the top down.” The movie in question, of course, is Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time-travel thriller in which a convict (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past in an attempt to find information about a virus that later wipes out most of humanity. Now there’s a 12 Monkeys TV trailer, and Syfy’s version sure looks a lot like a remake.
Here, Aaron Sanford (Nikita, Pyro in the X-Men films) plays the time-traveler Cole, and Amanda Schull takes on the role played by Madeline Stowe in the original film. The general plot is the same, though we don’t see much evidence of the character played on film by Brad Pitt. All things considered, this looks a lot like Gilliam’s movie.
But if we’ve learned anything from Fargo (and Hannibal) a film-to-TV adaptation can look a lot like the source material at first, before veering off into its own unique territory. So we won’t jump to any conclusions about 12 Monkeys just yet. Still, check out the trailer and see what you think.
Based on the 1995 film directed by Terry Gilliam, “12 Monkeys” follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who is on a mission to eradicate the source of a deadly plague.