Terry Gilliam’s sci- fi movie classic is swinging its way to the small screen
12 Monkeys swings on to TV, Noah Wyle brings a new crew to The Librarians, and much more.
How do you adapt Terry Gilliam’s trippy, time- hopping film 12 Monkeys into a television series? According to executive producer Natalie Chaidez ( Heroes), the woman who’s been tasked with showrunning Syfy’s 13- episode adaptation of the near 20- year- old dystopian classic, you don’t.
“It’s really a reimagining,” Chaidez clarifies. “Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett ( Terra Nova) wrote the pilot not as a 12 Monkeys adaptation. It was retro- fitted into that [ world]. We very quickly dove into our own world after the pilot.”
If you haven’t seen Gilliam’s film, or the details are a bit hazy, the story revolves around a virus – supposedly released by terrorist group The Army of the Twelve Monkeys – which wipes out the majority of the world’s population in the mid-’ 90s. In 2035, James Cole ( memorably played by Bruce Willis on the big screen) is a convict who agrees to be part of a scientific time travel scheme in order to try and prevent the virus’s release in the past to save the future.