Time-traveling classic 12 Monkeys may soon be a Syfy TV series

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Jul 22, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

One of our favorite dizzying, post-apocalyptic time-travel flicks is getting reborn for the small screen.

Just as Brad Pitt was becoming a name actor in Hollywood, he co-starred with Bruce Willis in a twisted Terry Gilliam movie called 12 Monkeys. If you don't recall (or weren't alive in) 1995, the breakdown is as follows -- in a post-apocalyptic future, Bruce Willis is called upon to travel back in time, discover the cause of a cataclysmic, civilization-ending event, and prevent it from happening. The most likely cause of the apocalypse is an off-the-wall Brad Pitt and his radical animal-rights organization, called the 12 Monkeys.

The movie is very nonlinear, exceedingly trippy, and an absolute must-see for any science fiction fan.

And with that in mind, we're very excited to announce that Syfy is bringing the world of 12 Monkeys back, but for television this time. Chuck Roven will produce, along with Richard Suckle, who was also involved in the original film's production.

This new incarnation of 12 Monkeys is being written as a 90-minute backdoor pilot, which will, hopefully, lead to a full series. It's being written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, both of whom worked on Nikita and Terra Nova.

President of original programming Mark Stern says, "We have a great pilot, we're now flushing out what the rest of the series might be." And, without a doubt, there's a lot to play with here. 12 Monkeys, as a movie, only barely scratched the surface of that post-apocalyptic world. Plus, spoiler alert, the film doesn't exactly end on a happy, world-saving note. A lot like the Terminator franchise, that devastating future still looms large.

The 12 Monkeys TV show, along with Helix, will join the already successful new Syfy original Defiance.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)