One month after ordering a script for a TV version of Terry Gilliam's sci-fi classic, Syfy has sent its small screen incarnation of "12 Monkeys" to pilot.
Syfy announced on Monday (August 26) that the 60-minute "12 Monkeys" pilot will begin production in November, though the network is careful to emphasize that it's a cast-contingent order. That means that if Syfy can't find the right stars for the project, it won't be moving forward.
Like the 1995 feature, Syfy's "12 Monkeys" will focus on a prisoner who travels back in time from a post-apocalyptic future in an effort to prevent the outbreak of a deadly virus.
The Gilliam film was very loosely adapted from Chris Marker's "La Jetee" by David and Janet Peoples. "Terra Nova" and "Nikita" veterans Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett wrote the Syfy pilot and will serve as co-executive producers. Syfy has yet to announce a director.
In addition to earning Oscar nominations for co-star Brad Pitt and costume designer Julie Weiss, "12 Monkeys" took in nearly $170 million worldwide.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.