When a popular movie is turned into a new TV series, sometimes the outcome isn’t the best. Consider such short-lived TV shows as RoboCop: The Series and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures. Of course, there are a few exceptions that have transcended their movie origins to become TV worth watching, such as Stargate: SG-1, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Nikita. According to THR, SyFy has greenlit a 90-minute pilot based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys. Assuming all goes well and it doesn’t disappoint in the ratings, it will serve as a backdoor pilot for a full TV series.
In 1995, Terry Gilliam released a strange and thought-provoking film about a future convicted criminal named James Cole (Bruce Willis), who is recruited to travel back in time and collect information on the virus that wiped out much of humanity and drove the rest underground. All he knows is that the virus is connected to something called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. The movie was based on the 1962 short film La jetée, and also starred Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe.