So as not to be left out of the pattern of producers redoing established film properties as television shows, SyFy has made a 12 Monkeys TV series. The show appears determined to expand the story told in Terry Gilliam’s film, with Aaron Stanford (Nikita, Pyro in the X-Men films) playing the Bruce Willis role of Cole, who travels back in time from 2043 in order to locate the source of a plague that will all but wipe out humanity. We’ve seen a trailer, and now SyFy has set the premiere date in stone. Read More »
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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.
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An adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s underrated 1995 film 12 Monkeys is coming to TV. A twelve episode series has been ordered for the Syfy network with the aim to premiere January 2015. Charles Roven, who produced the original film as well as many of the DC comic book movies, is on board to produce and veterans of shows such as Friday Night Lives, Nikita, Terra Nova, V and Heroes are also behind the scenes. X-Men star Aaron Stanford will play the lead role of a man sent back in time to destroy a plague. Read more about the 12 Monkeys TV show below. Read More »
Briefly: Terry Gilliam’s film 12 Monkeys is going to be remade as a TV series. We’ve heard that SyFy was getting interested in a show based on the 1995 film, which originally starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeline Stowe. Now a pilot order has been given based on the spec script by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova). There’s no cast for the show at this point. The writers will co-exec produce with original film producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle.
We don’t know a lot about the show, but it will follow the same basic plot as the film, with a man sent back in time from a strange post-apocalyptic future. His mission: find the origin point for a plague that eventually kills most of humanity. The pilot is currently set to shoot in November, but at this point everything depends on the cast assembly. We’ll report on the choices made by the producers as they’re made public. [Deadline; header by ~gsgill37 at DeviantArt]
Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 by David Chen
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley debate the merits of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, reflect on the Avatar trailer/hype, try to figure out what a new director means for the Bioshock film, and lament the financial state of the entertainment industry. Special guest director Nicholas Jasenovec joins us for this episode. Nick’s film, Paper Heart, starring Charlyne Yi, is out in theaters now.
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