Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” may have just been given the go, but the director of the 1995 feature film, Terry Gilliam, would like to see it just flat out stop. No yielding. No slowing down. Just stop.
In an interview with Screen Daily, Gilliam had this to say about the Syfy project…. “I know nothing about that. That’s just ridiculous,” he states. “It doesn’t have anything to do with me and no one has contacted me. It’s a very dumb idea. That’s what I think. If it was going to be any good, it would have to be written by David and Janet Peoples, who wrote the film; otherwise, it would just be another version of Time Bandits.”
While reflecting back on his cult classic starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt: “The script was just wonderful and the cast turned out to be just brilliant – and I didn’t fuck it up too badly.“
From the Prior Press Release:
Syfy is greenlighting “12 Monkeys,” a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, to pilot. The 60-minute cast-contingent pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt theatrical version.
Based on the classic hit film, “12 Monkeys” follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Production is set to begin in November with Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Terra Nova,” “Nikita”), who wrote the pilot script, serving as co-executive producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International) will executive produce. Roven produced the original film.
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