So, it appears that Terry Gilliam wasn't just blowing smoke about making a Time Bandits TV series all those many years ago. Apple is looking to adapt the director's 1981 sci-fi fantasy film into a series, Deadline is reporting. The show will be developed by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital.
Time Bandits follows the adventures of 11-year-old Kevin, who one night encounters six time-traveling dwarves who emerge from his bedroom closet and wisk him away on their adventures through time. And of course, what do these men do with their time traveling abilities? Rob historical figures blind, of course!
Throughout the movie, the eponymous Time Bandits meet several historical and fictional characters such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon. The film boasted an all-star cast that included Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Peter Vaughn and David Warner.
For the Time Bandits series, Gilliam himself will be a non-writing executive producer alongside Anonymous Content and MRC.
Apple's streaming TV service is clearly eager to get on board the original sci-fi, horror, and fantasy programming train that HBO, Hulu and Amazon have been on. It was announced in April that the technology giant ordered a TV series based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Apple is also planning to relaunch Steven Spielberg's classic 1980s sci-fi anthology series Amazing Stories and developing a sci-fi series with Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and an "epic, world-building drama set in the future" called See starring Jason Momoa.
So, who wants to place bets on which project sees the light of screen first? This Time Bandits series, or the perpetually beleaguered The Man Who Killed Don Quixote? Let us know in the comments below.