Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature film 12 Monkeys, is one film that I can watch time and time again and is often mentioned in many post-apocalyptic top ten lists. I love it and I’m sure many of you guys do too, but what would you say if I said the film is being adapted for TV? Well, we have some news for you.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy is pushing forward on the TV adaptation of 12 Monkeys. Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle who produced the feature film will board the project for Syfy, which is said to consist of eight to ten episodes.
At this time a pitch has been submitted which could serve as a 90-minute backdoor pilot that would eventually lead to a straight-to-series order much like Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica.
Terry Matalas (Nikita, Terra Nova, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Travis Fickett (Nikita, Terra Nova) are attched to write the series which will see Jon Cassar (24) direct.
Mark Stern, Syfy’s president of original programming told the site;
We have a great pilot, we’re now flushing out what the rest of the series might be.
The feature film starred Bruce Willis as James Cole, “a convicted criminal in a post-apocalyptic future where the Earth’s population is forced to live underground after a deadly virus. In a bid to earn a pardon, Cole will use an imperfect science of time travel to help collect information on the virus released by the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.”
With genre TV doing so well lately it is no surprise that many are jumping on-board and running with it, but do we really need more film adaptations for TV? I guess it all comes down to writing and how they execute it, I for one am intrigued, but time will tell.