Remaking films has become the norm in Hollywood over the past decade, but sometimes films can only be reincarnated as television shows. Comingsoon.net reported on Friday, April 4 that the science fiction television series "12 Monkeys" has been ordered to series by the Syfy Channel and is expected to debut in 2015.
The twelve episode series is based on the 1996 science fiction thriller of the same name directed by Terry Gilliam, which starred Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. Actor Aaron Stanford has been cast in the leading role of the time traveler to returns to the present to stop a deadly plague. Stanford's previous acting roles include playing Seymour Birkhoff on the CW drama "Nikita" and Pyro in the "X-Men" movies.
The series will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner and was written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. The series also stars Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, and she is most well known for playing Meredith on the ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars" and Katrina Bennett on "Suits." Other actors attached to the project include Zeljko Ivanek, Noah Bean, Shannon Lucio, and Kirk Avecedo.
The science fiction series is also based on the French short film "La Jetee" from 1962, and earned Pitt an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award. Set in post-apocalyptic Philadelphia and Baltimore in 2035, the film was a commercial success and grossed nearly one hundred and seventy million dollars at the box office.
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