Syfy has announced that it will be 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 Gilliam film (in turn inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short, "La Jetée," "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 (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven produced the original film.