12 Monkeys TV Series

Terry Gilliam's weird and wonderful time travel movie 12 Monkeys, originally starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, is to be adapted to TV by purveyors of enormous monster animals SyFy.

SyFy have already ordered a pilot, based on the spec script by Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, to be shot in November this year. Once it's done they'll bang it up, probably just before Sharknado 2: The Second One, and see if it flies enough flags to be worthy of a full series.

Whether it follows the same plot of the 1995 original, which is about a man from the horrible future coming back in time to stop the plague that made his future so horrible in the first place, has yet to be confirmed. Also yet to be confirmed is who's gonna be in it and who's gonna direct it, but those are just details.

What should concern you, and concerns me, is the writers. Terra Nova is that show you didn't watch about people from the future going back in time to restart humanity among the dinosaurs, and it didn't make a lick of bloody sense. They went to Dinosaur times (which is the correct name for the era) presumably knowing full well that the Ice Age would eventually hit and whip everyone out. Also, you know... dinosaurs!

Matalas and Fickett have so far only produced the spec script, IE the skeleton for the pilot, so it's possible SyFy will bring on some other people to actually lock the thing down, but probably not. 

We'll keep you posted with new developers as and when, but in the meantime if you can think of any great movies from the the 90's that you'd like to see turned into TV series, let us know in the comments below.

Personally I'd watch season after season of Big Momma's House. Sorry... Tyler Perry Presents Big Momma's House.

Words by Gazz Wood

Gazz Wood is a writer from The Northern Film School at Leeds Met University. As well as writing for Wireless he can also be heard on the monthly podcast Possibly of Interest with TV Producer Howard Cohen and special guests from the world of British TV and Cinema, plus his own weekly show Gazz Wood Has A Podcast. He can also be followed on Twitter @GazzPH90