The Brothers Grimm TV show is coming from Miramax

Miramax making a TV series based on Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm

Heath Ledger and Matt Damon in The Brothers Grimm
Heath Ledger and Matt Damon in The Brothers Grimm

The list of upcoming TV shows based on movies continues to grow, as Miramax has announced that they’re developing a TV series based on Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film The Brothers Grimm.

IndieWire reports that the studio has brought on the film’s writer Ehren Kruger to develop a series based on the film about Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who make a living in medieval Europe ridding small towns of “monsters”…until they come across a real one.

The film starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in the title roles, as well as Lena Headey, Peter Stormare and Monica Bellucci. The production was notoriously difficult, with Gilliam clashing with the Weinsteins over casting (Gilliam wanted Samantha Morton, the Weinsteins refused), cinematographer (Nicola Pecorini was fired by Bob Weinstein, writing credit (the director apparently rewrote a lot of the script with his regular collaborator Tony Grisoni), and final cut (Gilliam made Tideland while The Brothers Grimm sat on the shelf). The result was a beautifully shot, occasionally funny, occasionally charming mess.

So, it’s not too surprising that Gilliam’s name is not mentioned regarding the TV show. His Twelve Monkeys has already been turned into a successful TV series on Syfy, so maybe he’s getting used to the idea. Meanwhile, the Weinsteins will presumably exert greater creative control over this new vision for the story.

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