Magazine article Screen International

Gilliam: 12 Monkeys TV Series a "Very Dumb Idea"

Magazine article Screen International

Gilliam: 12 Monkeys TV Series a "Very Dumb Idea"

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EXCLUSIVE: Director responds to plans for a TV spin-off to the sci-fi thriller.

Terry Gilliam has said plans to adapt his sci-fi feature 12 Monkeys as a TV series is "a very dumb idea".

US cable network Syfy announced last week that is has ordered a pilot, based on the 1995 Universal Pictures feature which starred Bruce Willis as a convict sent back in time to gather information about a man-made virus that wiped out most of the planet.

Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle (Roven was a producer of the film) will executive produce the hour-long pilot, penned by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who both worked on Fox sci-fi series Terra Nova, and production is set to begin in November.

Gilliam is not involved in the project and told ScreenDaily: "I know nothing about that. That's just ridiculous. It doesn't have anything to do with me and no-one has contacted me. …

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