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Syfy Orders ’12 Monkeys’ TV Series


SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” pilot order has been upgraded to a full series. According to Variety, the network has ordered an additional 12 episodes of the series, which is produced by Universal Cable Prods. and Atlas Entertainment.

Based on the Terry Gilliam film of the same name, 12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2‘s Pyro, Nikita), Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, Oz).

Like the film, it follows the journey of a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future (Stanford) who heads to the present to stop a plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Based on Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée, Gilliam’s film starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe and was released in 1995. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle will serve as executive producers. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett wrote the pilot and will serve as co-executive producers, with Natalie Chaidez as executive producer and showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner directed the pilot and was also executive producer.

It’s set to debut next January.


  • xeonlandmanpoon

    well technically, the 1995 film isn’t the original. It was a french short film.

  • jkparkin

    Thanks … I updated the post.

  • kevin

    Back before he died (so it goes), Kurt Vonnegut insisted that, when the moment was right, we should all take a moment to look around at the world around us and say “well, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

    I’m looking around me right now, and thinking “well, if this isn’t wildly unnecessary, I don’t know what is.”

  • E. Wilson

    I’m sure I share some of the blame as a huge fan of the current “Hannibal” program, but the trend of expanding movies into ongoing prime-time dramas is starting to baffle me. At least “Hannibal” was itself a series, with more material to pull from, but 12 Monkeys? Rosemary’s Baby? I don’t see these as concepts with legs.