The long journey through development for the TV series based on 12 Monkeys is over. So, did it make the cut for a series pickup?
A year after the show was first announced, Syfy revealed today (April 4) that it has placed a 13-episode order for the series, which will premiere in January 2015.
Aaron Stanford (Pyro in the X-Men movies) and Amanda Schull (Suits) will star in the series, which is an adaptation of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film that starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. Noah Bean (Nikita) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe) will co-star in the show.
In the movie -- which has quietly grown to be regarded as a modern sci-fi classic -- Willis played a mentally disturbed man sent back to our time from a post-apocalyptic future to prevent the outbreak of a plague that wipes out most of humanity and sends the survivors underground. The series will follow the same basic storyline.
Syfy president Dave Howe said, "12 Monkeys is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects including the recently announced event series Ascension and the second season renewal of Helix from Ron Moore.”
12 Monkeys, which was first put into development in July 2013, is also the second movie-to-TV series coming down the pipeline from Syfy. Dominion, which is based on the 2010 horror/action thriller Legion, is on tap to premiere later this year.
Blastr is owned by Syfy, of course, so all the usual disclaimers (full disclosure, etc.) apply. But I will say that the potential for this series to be something special is definitely there. Are you interested in seeing what the 12 Monkeys series has to offer next year?