Do you remember the surreal 1995 movie, 12 Monkeys, written and directed by the brilliant Terry Gilliam? It involved fate, time travel, and Brad Pitt in an insane asylum, and it was awesome. Well, in their continuing trend of trying to make movies into TV shows (they bought a Legion pilot last month), The SyFy channel has now ordered a pilot for a television show based on the 12 Monkeys movie. Anyone who fondly recalls that film can tell you, there was a LOT of story they could pull from when it comes to a creating their own TV show off the movie.
12 Monkeys was about a disease that wiped most all of mankind, forcing its survivors to move underground and eek out on existence that way. The Government discovers time travel, and begins going (and sending) people back in time to try to figure out who started the disease, why they started it, and how to stop it. Though the film is miles deeper than the explanation I just gave, that does a really good job of summing up the story, and realistically, setting up the story they will most likely use on the show.
I can’t imagine they will use the exact same story line from the film because, well, how do you replace Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, who were the stars of the film? But I can imagine they will have the plague involved, as well as time travel and someone trying to make sure they can stop this disease from ever being invented.
It is a great idea for a show, and there is a huge and interesting universe and story line to plumb, but also, Terry Gilliam has a brilliant eye and twisted mind, and anyone else trying to tap into that may just end up making a fool of themselves, and making a mess of a TV show, but time will tell with this one. And maybe if the show is really bad, we can invent time travel and try to go back and stop them from making the show.
How meta would that be?