Syfy Greenlights '12 Monkeys' to Pilot

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August 26th, 2013


via press release:




NEW YORK – August 26, 2013 – Syfy is greenlighting 12 Monkeys, a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, to pilot.  The 60-minute cast-contingent pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt theatrical.

Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Production is set to begin in November with Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita), who wrote the pilot script, serving as Co-Executive Producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film.

Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett are represented by Manager Brian Lutz.

About Atlas Entertainment
Atlas Entertainment, led by founder Charles Roven, produces blockbuster films as well as critically acclaimed independent features, Atlas Entertainment's films have generated billions of dollars in revenues. David O. Russell's American Hustle is in post-production with Atlas Entertainment and will be released on December 13, 2013. Additionally, Atlas Entertainment is in pre-production for the highly anticipated feature film Warcraft from Legendary Pictures which is scheduled to commence in early 2014 and will be directed by Duncan Jones. Roven recently produced the worldwide box office hit, the Zack Snyder directed, Man of Steel and served as a producer on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, which have collectively earned over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Upcoming, Roven will produce the Batman / Superman feature for Warner Bros. The film will also be directed by Zack Snyder with production expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date of July 17, 2015.

About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Playing House, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA; Defiance, and Warehouse 13 for Syfy and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.

  • jason50

    Interesting, enjoyed the movie. Hopefully it has a good foundation for the TV series and doesn’t just drag the story on and on.

  • USAmerica1st

    I’ll give it a shot, but the movie was underwhelming at best. We’ll see what they come up with and the cast will tell the tale for me.

  • Neil

    12 Monkeys will get 13 Episodes.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’m guessing the only thing this show and the movie will have in common is the title.

  • cimmer

    I never quite understand where Syfy is coming from these days, maybe they’re finally trying to get on the Walking Dead band wagon with plague vics or will it be another time travel show? Let’s see what the production values and writing are like and maybe an actor or two who isn’t generic.

  • Billiam

    Awesome!! I am looking forward to this series.

  • Lucas


  • steve

    Clearly SyFy is trying to rebuild their slate of scripted dramas. But after letting them slide for so long, you have to wonder if they have sufficient creative talent in the company to green light the right shows, and then to nurture them.

    I’d say that’s a pretty huge task for a network that has a series of epic fails, going back to cancelling Farscape’s last season.

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