12 Monkeys to become a TV series for SyFy

Not sure how I feel about this next bit o'news as Terry Gilliam's 12 MONKEYS remains one of my favorite films of all time, but 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.

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", came from Roven and Suckle. Terry Matalas ("Terra Nova", "Star Trek: Enterprise") and Travis Fickett ("Nikita") will pen the script, with 24's Jon Cassar on board to direct. SyFy president of original programming Mark Stern says of the project...

"We have a great pilot, we're now flushing out what the rest of the series might be."

If you've never happened to catch 12 MONKEYS, peep the synopsis below.

12 MONKEYS stars 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.

I'm really on the fence about this particular project, but intrigued enough to want to know more. Let's just hope the writing on the series is as intelligent as the film version.

Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about SyFy going with a 12 MONKEYS series?



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