Syfy has given a greenlight to the time-traveling sci-fi series 12 Monkeys, with a fitting order of 12 episodes (that’s one per monkey, for those keeping score at home). Aaron Stanford (Nikita), Amanda Schull (Suits), Noah Bean (Damages), and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), star in a story that follows a time traveler (Stanford) 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. Natalie Chaidez acts as executive producer and showrunner. The 12 Monkeys TV show is expected to premiere in January 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s a bit of TV casting news for you to peruse:
- Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan will make his acting debut on an episode of NBC’s Community.
- Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling.
- Syfy has set the cast for its 12 Monkeys pilot, including Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) in lead roles.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Syfy has greenlit a pilot for the TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi film, with production scheduled to begin in November. Gilliam is not involved with the TV series, but the show will draw heavily from his feature film as the plot 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. Terra Nova and Nikita scribes Terry Matalas and Travis Ficket wrote the pilot script and will serve as co-executive producers.
Casting has yet to begin, but the 60-minute 12 Monkeys pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment. Should Syfy take a liking to the pilot, we could see a 12 Monkeys TV series on the air come next year. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Early news out of TCA has a handful of series pilots on deck at SyFy. So far, a 90-minute pilot has been greenlit for Dominion, a series based on the characters and story of Scott Stewart’s 2010 film, Legion. The project has been in the works for over a year from co-writers Stewart and Vaun Wilmott (Sons Of Anarchy). Stewart will direct the pilot of the series, which is pitched as “an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. It follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity.”
Hit the jump for more possible pilots and series for SyFy, including two space-based adventures and a project from M. Night Shyamalan.
Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2 opens this weekend. The follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” All the while, Moses and his team must work to track down a missing nuclear device. For more on the film, watch these six clips and the trailer. Red 2 also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins.
At the recent New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Willis and Hopkins. They talked about how much fun they had filming Red 2, what they collect, their preparation process (which led to Willis talking about 12 Monkeys!), and more. Hit the jump to watch.
This week on The Collision, we tried a little something different. Rather than talk about a few news stories, Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD) and I (@MattGoldberg) decided to use the sad passing of Ray Bradbury and the release of Prometheus to talk about science-fiction. Specifically, we discussed what qualifies as sci-fi, and then we moved on to review Prometheus, which helped me realize the film was far more flawed than I originally thought.
Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for last week’s episode, and click here to add the podcast to your RSS. Be sure to follow The Collision on Twitter for updates, and while we missed having Adam (@AdamChitwood) this week, he should be joining us next week. Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.