12 Monkeys TV series in development at Syfy

Syfy sets up TV show based on Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys

Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys
Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys

Syfy have announced that they are developing a TV series based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys, which starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeline Stowe.

The film starred Willis as a convict transported back in time from his ruined dystopian world to the present day in an attempt to stop the disease which decimated humanity.

THR report that SyFy is planning a 90 minute pilot episode that would lead into a series, in the same way as Battlestar Galactica.

“We have a great pilot,” said SyFy president Mark Stern. “We’re now flushing out what the rest of the series might be. We’re looking at short orders, maybe eight to 10 [episodes] as opposed to 13. Some may be [split runs of] 10 and 10. Our goal is to do five or six original scripted series a year and a big tentpole event miniseries that could also possibly serve as a backdoor pilot to a series as well, the way that Battlestar Galactica did. It’s an exciting time for us.”

You can buy 12 Monkeys on Blu-ray for £14.49 at Amazon.co.uk.