It is all doom and gloom over at SyFy; that is not to say that things aren’t going well, they just are really leaning towards the whole end-of-the-world theme right now. The network is producing yet another post-apocalyptic drama to accompany the just announced ‘Wizard of Oz’ adaptation and ‘Helix’ from Ron Moore. This time, they are drawing more inspiration from Hollywood.
The series, ’12 Monkeys’, will be an adaptation of the 1995 film of the same name by Terry Gilliam. Bruce Willis starred in the film as convict James Cole, one of the remaining members of Earth’s population forced to live underground to escape the effects of a deadly virus. To try and earn himself a pardon, Cole travels back in time to learn as much as he can about the virus, which was released by the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.
The pitch was brought o SyFy by film producers Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle and it is being considered as a 90-minute pilot that would lead to a straight-to-series order. SyFy President of Original Programming, Mark Stern, is on board and excited about the project. "We have a great pilot. We're now flushing out what the rest of the series might be," he says. SyFy is planning to beef up their original scripted projects for the new year to accompany ‘Helix.’ "We're looking at short orders, maybe eight to 10 [episodes] as opposed to 13," Stern said. "Some may be [split runs of] 10 and 10. Our goal is to do five or six original scripted series a year and a big tentpole event miniseries that could also possibly serve as a backdoor pilot to a series as well, the way that 'Battlestar Galactica' did. It's an exciting time for us."
Do you think ’12 Monkeys’ will translate well on the small screen? Who do you think should be cast in the lead role?