The master fantasy filmmaker says one of his most beloved films could be adapted soon for the small screen.
Speaking during a webchat hosted by The Guardian to promote his new memoir, Gilliamesque (I already have my copy on order), Terry Gilliam revealed that a TV program based on his 1981 film Time Bandits was in development:
"We are involved in two possibilities -- one, a TV series based on Time Bandits, another based on a script Richard LaGravenese and I wrote after Fisher King, called The Defective Detective."
The original Time Bandits was Gilliam's second sole credit as director (he co-directed 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail with fellow Pythoner Terry Jones, then made his solo debut with 1977's Jabberwocky). The film followed an 11-year-old boy who journeys through space and time with the help of a map and six dwarves, meeting figures like Robin Hood (John Cleese) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery), along with the "Supreme Being" (Ralph Richardson) and "Evil" himself (David Warner).
Interestingly, The Playlist reports a Time Bandits TV show was a possibility once before, in 2001, when Hallmark, of all companies, wanted to get behind it. Gilliam and his then-writing partner, Charles McKeown, had even written some episodes, but the deal never went through. Now, however, it seems as if Time Bandits might head to television again -- although where and when remain unknown for the moment.
As for that other title Gilliam mentioned, The Defective Detective has been one of those long-lost projects that the director has been trying to get made for years. He described it this way: "It's about a middle aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child's fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply."
Gilliam plans to begin shooting another longtime passion project of his, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, next April, so between his new book, his new movie and two possible TV shows, it seems as if we'll be hearing a lot in the next few years from the mind behind movies like Brazil, 12 Monkeys and The Fisher King.