Syfy is working on a TV adaptation of '12 Monkeys.' ©All Rights Reserved.

Syfy is working on a TV adaptation of ’12 Monkeys.’
©All Rights Reserved.

(Relaxnews) – The cable channel dedicated to all things science fiction has greenlighted a TV pilot based on Terry Gilliam’s post-apocalyptic thriller film.

Announced last July, plans for a TV adaptation of “12 Monkeys” are taking shape, starting with a pilot order from Syfy. Shooting will begin this November on the one-hour pilot episode, based on a story by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the writing duo behind “Terra Nova.” Jon Cassar, the long-time director and producer of “24,” will direct the episode.

The film version of “12 Monkeys” (1995) placed Bruce Willis in the role of a prisoner from 2035, sent 40 years back in time to prevent an epidemic released by a mysterious organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe also starred in the film, which remains one of Terry Gilliam’s most critically acclaimed features. The script was loosely based on Chris Marker’s short film “La Jetée.”

Syfy is currently revisiting its line-up for 2014. Hoping to repeat the success of “Defiance,” the channel is putting together “Helix”, another thriller based on a mysterious disease. Shows headed up by Jamie Foxx, M. Night Shyamalan and Bryan Fuller are also in the works.

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