Wednesday, September 4, 2013

12 Monkeys (TV) - Terry Gilliam Thinks It's "A Very Dumb Idea"

Screen Daily brings us the following:
Terry Gilliam has said plans to adapt his sci-fi feature 12 Monkeys as a TV series is “a very dumb idea”.
US cable network Syfy announced last week that is has ordered a pilot, based on the 1995 Universal Pictures feature which starred Bruce Willis as a convict sent back in time to gather information about a man-made virus that wiped out most of the planet.
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle (Roven was a producer of the film) will executive produce the hour-long pilot, penned by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who both worked on Fox sci-fi series Terra Nova, and production is set to begin in November.
Gilliam is not involved in the project and told ScreenDaily: “I know nothing about that. That’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t have anything to do with me and no-one has contacted me.”
Asked his thoughts on a TV spin-off, he added: “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.”
We previous reported on the TV adaptation here.

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