The Hollywood Reporter
Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature 12 Monkeys is a favorite amongst genre fans and the Syfy Channel is looking to capitalize on its popularity by bringing all the action to the small screen… sans Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt of course.
According to THR, the cable network is adapting Gilliam’s flick. The movie 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.
Feature film producers Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle from Atlas Entertainment — one of the production companies on board the Universal film — submitted the pitch, which is being eyed as a 90-minute backdoor pilot that would eventually lead to a straight-to-series order in a fashion similar to Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.” Terry Matalas (“Nikita,” “Terra Nova,” “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and Travis Fickett (“Nikita,” “Terra Nova”) will pen the script, with “24′s” Jon Cassar on board to direct.
“We have a great pilot; we’re now flushing out what the rest of the series might be,” Syfy president of original programming Mark Stern told The Hollywood Reporter.
Willis, Brad Pitt, Jon Seda and Madeleine Stowe starred in the feature, which earned Pitt an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn. The film grossed $168 million worldwide. For its part, the film was inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short La Jetee.
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