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'12 Monkeys' director Terry Gilliam calls TV series adaptation 'a very dumb idea'
That "12 Monkeys" TV series in the works over at Syfy? Terry Gilliam's not a fan.
"It’s a very dumb idea," said Gilliam when asked about the project, which he had no knowledge of, during an interview with ScreenDaily. "That’s what I think. If it was going to be any good it would have to be written by David and Janet Peoples, who wrote the film, otherwise it would just be another version of 'Time Bandits.'”
For those unaware, "Time Bandits" is a 1981 film written and directed by Gilliam about a young boy who time-travels with a group of dwarves in an attempt to steal treasure.
Syfy recently ordered a pilot for the prospective new series, which was written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett ("Terra Nova"). "12 Monkeys" starred Bruce Willis as a convict who is sent back in time to collect information about the man-made virus that has killed off most of the human population. Production is slated to begin in November.
Gilliam's latest film, "The Zero Theorem" starring Christoph Waltz, premiered Monday at the Venice Film Festival.