Syfy has released the first 12 Monkeys TV show trailer for its adaptation of director Terry Gilliam’s revered 1995 film of the same name. The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race. The series doesn’t appear to retain the offbeat nature of the film—only Gilliam can pull off that kind of crazy—and instead looks to be more of a straightforward time-travel thriller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s a solid amount of mythology build-up in this trailer and Zeljko Ivanek can chew scenery like few others. So far, this doesn’t look terrible.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The series also stars Kirk Acevedo, Amanda Schull, and Noah Bean. 12 Monkeys debuts on Syfy in January 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Monkeys:
12 Monkeys, starring Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) 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.