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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adaptation Spreads The Disease Starting Early Next Year

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12 monkeysSyfy has a ton of interesting shows in various stages of development at the moment. (Which begs the question, if they’re so heavily invested in unproven commodities, why can’t they step up and save Continuum from cancellation, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.) While many of them are interesting and even pretty damn exciting, one of new offerings we’re most curious to see is their adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s time travelling plague story 12 Monkeys. Now we know when we’ll get to see the series, and it isn’t too far off.

The network announced that their spin on 12 Monkeys—which itself is inspired by La Jetee, an experimental 1962 French short film told exclusively via a series of still photos—will premiere on Friday, January 16, 2015. This date just so happens to be almost 19 years, to the day, after Gilliam’s movie opened in theaters in 1996.

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The Best And Worst Time Travelers To Time Travel With (Other Than The Doctor)

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companionsDoctor Who returned for its eighth modern season, with Peter Capaldi’s Twelve enjoying a Victorian adventure with his latest companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman). And that’s a big part of the appeal of Doctor Who, isn’t it? The idea of getting a guided tour of all of time and space. If the TARDIS suddenly materialized in your living room and the Doctor invited you in, who wouldn’t be tempted to sign on for as long as he’d have you? But if you’re going to travel through time, you want to have good company and you want it to not be an enormous pain in the ass. As you’ll see in this article, that’s not always guaranteed. Sometimes you get a sweet-ass DeLorean, sure…but sometimes you get Ashton Kutcher.

Just in case you’re in the market for a vacation into last week, you’ll definitely want to consider your options. Thankfully we did the legwork for you. Here are our picks for which time travelers would be worth your time, and which ones you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

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12 Monkeys’ Cast Grows By Four As The Syfy Production Kicks Into Gear

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lyric bent todd stashwickIn the year 2043, we will be able to tell you just how good or bad Syfy’s upcoming 12 Monkeys adaptation will be; but for now, we can only wait. The series’ first season officially went into production this week, and has thus filled out the rest of its time-hopping cast with four familiar faces from both TV and film. Sadly, none of them are “Brad Pitt in disguise.”

So let’s look at these actors and their parts one by one, shall we? First we have Rookie Blue‘s Lyriq Bent, who will play Dr. Henri, whom TV Line refers to as “a brilliant and cutting edge virologist.” I’m guessing that puts him in “present day” 2043, and we can only assume that he’s one of the good guys.

Stashwick (The Originals), meanwhile, is definitely an antagonist of sorts as Deacon, the wily leader of The West 7, a gang of scavengers with violent tendencies. The West 7 are responsible for burning down many of the government’s final quarantine zones after the worldwide viral outbreak that wiped out most of the Earth’s human population. Their philosophy is centered around a “survival of the fittest” mentality.

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Casts Brad Pitt’s Wingnut As A Woman And Adds A New Villain

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12 MonkeysFrom the first moment we heard that Syfy was reworking Terry Gilliam’s wingnut time travel adventure 12 Monkeys into a continuing series, my first question has been, what about Jeffrey Goines? We’ve heard about the casting of most of the key roles, and even seen a trailer full of footage from the pilot episode, but there wasn’t even a peep about the character played by Brad Pitt. That is until now. But, like the rest of the show, there have been some significant changes made to the part, chief among them, the character is now a woman. They’ve also added a new villain into the mix.

According to a press release, Emily Hampshire (Cosmopolis) has been cast in the role, though there is no word on what her name might be. Part of my hopes they just keep it Jeffrey Goines, because why the hell not. In Gilliam’s 1995 original—which is itself based on the avant-garde French short La Jetee—Jeffrey is a rich lunatic that the time travelling James Cole, played by Bruce Willis in the film and Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2) in the series, meets in a present day mental institution.

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12 Monkeys’ Full Trailer Offers A Familiar But Different Look At A Plague-Riddled Future

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Syfy is making a big push to get back into the original content game, or at least the semi-original content game. Either way, it’s nice to see them actually turning out new genre shows. Much of what their producing and developing are based on preexisting properties, including The Expanse, based on James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan novels, the Robert Kirkman-produced adaptation of the comic book Clone, and their series interpretation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel drama 12 Monkeys. The network has now dropped a full trailer for the show, which will premiere early in 2015, and the results are a rather mixed bag.

Yesterday we talked about the various ways that producers promise that their series will differ from the source material, which in turn differs greatly from short film it is based on, La Jetee. In this two-minute preview, you get to see a lot of that—similar but different is a good way to think about it—and it is both good and bad.

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12 Monkeys Producers Promise Their Show Is More Than A Rehash Of Terry Gilliam’s Film

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12 monkeysAdapting a feature length movie into a continuing television series is a tricky proposition, and many of us are curious to see how Syfy is going to translate Terry Gilliam’s time travel drama 12 Monkeys to the small screen. If you to expect to see the same story, however, you shouldn’t, as producers promise that the show will be a completely different take on the story.

Talking to reporters yesterday at the Television Critics Association on the summer press tour, co-executive producer Terry Matalas called the series a “complete reimagining.” He went on to say, “We were all big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for the material. We didn’t want to just redo what the movie does.”