That 12 Monkeys series we heard about a while back at Syfy has taken another step forward, with the network ordering a 60-minute pilot to see how the script will look on-screen.
The pilot script, written by time-travel vets Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova), is an effort to adapt Terry Gilliam’s cult-hit 1995 sci-fi flick of the same name. The film followed a man (Bruce Willis) sent back in time to try and avert a deadly plague that takes out most of humanity.
Veteran filmmaker Charles Roven (12 Monkeys, The Dark Knight trilogy) has signed on as a producer, along with Richard Suckle (Fallen). Shooting is tentatively set to begin in November.
The concept seems ripe for exploration as a weekly series, so long as a compelling mythology is built around it. For the official setup, here’s the synopsis via Syfy:
Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
The 12 Monkeys series joins a packed development slate at the network, including Bryan Fuller’s High Moon, Ronald D. Moore’s Helix, the angel-war series Dominion and a handful of other projects working through the phases.
Check out the complete press release below:
SYFY GREENLIGHTS 12 MONKEYS TO PILOTATLAS ENTERTAINMENT, PRODUCER OF THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL FILM, WILL PRODUCE THE SERIES WITH UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONSPRODUCTION SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBERNEW YORK – August 26, 2013 – Syfy is greenlighting 12 Monkeys, a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, to pilot. The 60-minute cast-contingent pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt theatrical.Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.Production is set to begin in November with Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita), who wrote the pilot script, serving as Co-Executive Producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel,The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film.Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett are represented by Manager Brian Lutz.About Atlas EntertainmentAtlas Entertainment, led by founder Charles Roven, produces blockbuster films as well as critically acclaimed independent features, Atlas Entertainment's films have generated billions of dollars in revenues. David O. Russell'sAmerican Hustle is in post-production with Atlas Entertainment and will be released on December 13, 2013. Additionally, Atlas Entertainment is in pre-production for the highly anticipated feature film Warcraft from Legendary Pictures which is scheduled to commence in early 2014 and will be directed by Duncan Jones. Roven recently produced the worldwide box office hit, the Zack Snyder directed, Man of Steel and served as a producer on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, which have collectively earned over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Upcoming, Roven will produce the Batman / Superman feature for Warner Bros. The film will also be directed by Zack Snyder with production expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date of July 17, 2015.About Universal Cable ProductionsUniversal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs,Playing House, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA; Defiance, and Warehouse 13 for Syfy and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.About SyfySyfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)