The debut of SyFy’s serial adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian Sci-fi fare 12 Monkeys – which was based on Chris Marker’s short La Jetee – is hitting the small screen in less that two weeks. It’s certainly a risky move on the part of the network; taking a cult favorite, and spreading it out into an 10 part episodic series. However, that’s not to say that it can’t be done as we have already laid witness to this recently in the wonderful Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton starrer Fargo (based on the Coen Bros. cult favorite). Given that the Syfy channel seems to be in the process of synonymizing good original content with their name (…after the disastrous couple of years they’ve had) – it’s possible that 12 Monkeys could very well work out as an off-beat episodic sci-fi drama/thriller. (more…)
It looks like Hollywood is looking towards the past for the future of television by pillaging movies of the 90s’. A few weeks ago we told you that From Dusk till Dawn would be shooting as a television series in October and now another movie has just been green lighted for a pilot.
In an announcement made earlier today by Syfy, a 60-minute pilot will be shot based on Universal Pictures‘ 12 Monkeys. Originally based off of the 1962 short “La Jetée” by Chris Marker, this adaptation from director Terry Gilliam saw Bruce Willis, as convicted criminal James Cole, sent back in time to earn a pardon by collecting a pure sample of a virus that wipes out human life on the surface of the planet. The film grossed $168 million on a budget of $29.5 million and earned co-star Brad Pitt a Golden Globe award and nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.
Shooting is set to begin in November, but is it currently listed as “Cast Contingent” meaning that until the roles played by Bruce and Brad are cast there will be no pilot. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment – producer of the original film – and will be scripted by Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.
So what do you think? Will this pilot take off next year or is it just another waste of time? Which of Hollywood’s TV “A-list” do you think should be cast in the leads?
Source: Coming Soon