Syfy has green-lit a pilot for “12 Monkeys,” a series based on the Universal Pictures movie of the same name (but different spelling).
Although no casting announcements have been made, the show will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, the latter of which produced the original movie.
The pilot script was written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Terra Nova,” “Nikita”), who will serve as co-executive producers.
Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Man of Steel”), who produced the original film, will executive produce the project alongside Richard Suckle (“American Hustle,” “The International”).
“12 Monkeys” follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Released in 1995, the original “Twelve Monkeys” film was directed by Terry Gilliam and was inspired by the 1962 short film “La Jetée,” which was written and directed by Chris Marker. The movie starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe (“Revenge”).
That film earned $57 million at the box office, based on a $29 million budget. It earned Pitt an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role that was won by Kevin Spacey of “The Usual Suspects.”
Gilliam’s most recent film release was “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” in 2009, but his sci-fi classic “Time Bandits” was recently re-released and restored. His next film, “The Zero Theorem,” will be released Dec. 20, and stars Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”), Mélanie Thierry (“Babylon A.D.”), David Thewlis (Harry Potter series) and Matt Damon.
Production on the “12 Monkeys” pilot will begin in November, meaning the show — if picked up by Syfy — could premiere in 2014.