'12 Monkeys' Show Coming To SyFy
The 1995 time-traveling, mind-bending film "12 Monkeys" is being adapted into a television series for SyFy.
According to media reports, SyFy has already ordered a full 12 episodes for its first season (coincidence?), with the first episode scheduled to air in January 2015. Unfortunately, the show won't bring back Bruce Willis or Brad Pitt, but it will have the original film's producer Charles Roven working his magic behind the curtains.
Producers intended to showcase the new SyFy series at ComicCon, but fans were left empty-handed. Executive producer Richard Suckle explained the reasoning behind the show's lack of appearance at ComicCon in a recent interview, saying it "coincides with when we start shooting. We wanted to put the show first as we’re set to premiere in January. It was a production decision with Syfy and we wanted to have the actors on the set."
So, what's the story behind the upcoming 12 Monkeys show. SyFy reports that the basic premise is similar to the movie. James Cole (played by Aaron Stanford) lives in a bleak apocalyptic future in which the most of mankind has been decimated by an infectious plague. The only hope left for humankind is for scientists to send Cole back in time to stop the Army of the Twelve Monkeys from releasing the virus.
But here's the kicker: unlike the original film, Cole is more lucid and doesn't suffer from mental breakdowns. If you've seen the original 12 Monkeys, you may recall Cole (played by Bruce Willis) being locked up in a mental hospital, which is where he meets Jeffrey Goines (played by Brad Pitt). The show takes a different approach by avoiding this "mental" element.
Dave Howe, president of SyFy, made a statement about the upcoming 12 Monkeys show in a press release:
"12 Monkeys’ is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects, including the recently announced event series ‘Ascension’ and the second season renewal of ‘Helix’ from Ron Moore."
Of course, not everyone is thrilled with the idea of creating a 12 Monkeys TV show. The original 1995 film has become somewhat of a cult classic, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 88% rating and IMDB giving it an 8.1/10-star rating. And without Bruce Willis or Brad Pitt, there's plenty of ways this show could go awry.
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