March 12, 2015
One day after Syfy announced not to go forward with the event series "Ascension", they announce 12 Monkeys will return for a second season. No news about the number of episodes and when it will return other than 2016.
12 Monkeys, much like the virus the series tells us will eventually wipe out humanity, apparently can’t be stopped.
The pre-and-post-apocalyptic thriller will be back for a second season, Syfy announced Thursday.
But when Cole and Cassie continue their tromp through time, it will be under the direction of new showrunners. Executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who wrote the Monkeys pilot, will step up to fill the post left vacant by Season 1 showrunner EP Natalie Chaidez, who’ll be busy prepping Syfy’s upcoming Hunters.
Season 2 is slated to air sometime in 2016. 12 Monkeys‘ first season continues this Friday at 9/8c
April 4, 2014
It's been awhile since we've heard any news about this possible new TV Series, but today Syfy announced it has been picked up as a TV Series. See full post here:
Syfy has given a series order to 12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam. The project, written/co-executive produced by Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita) has received a 12-episode order for a January 2015 premiere. 12 Monkeys was one of two pilots most recently ordered by Syfy. The other, Bryan Fuller’s High Noon, is not going forward.
12 Monkeys, from Universal Cable Prods. and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the movie, follows the journey of a time traveler (Aaron 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.
Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo also star. Natalie Chaidez (V) serves as showrunner and executive produces alongside Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle. Jeffrey Reiner directed and executive produced the pilot. “12 Monkeys is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock,” said Syfy president Dave Howe. The pickup of 12 Monkeys comes on the heels of Syfy renewing Ron Moore’s drama Helix for a second season and announcing a return to the longform arena with event series Ascension as the network is shifting towards more serialized fare in the tradition of “space opera” Battlastar Galactica. 12 Monkeys also joins another recently ordered new Syfy series based on a movie, Dominion, adaptation of the feature Legion.
November 22, 2013
Noah Bean is reuniting with his Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford in 12 Monkeys, Syfy‘s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie. Also joining the pilot, from Universal Cable Prods.
Stanford stars in 12 Monkeys as Cole, described as, "a desperate and haunted time traveler from the postapocalyptic near future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that eventually will decimate the human race." Bean will play Aaron Marker, a political strategist in a relationship with (Suits' Amanda Schull) that is torn apart by Cole’s appearance. Per Deadline, "Aaron tries to protect Cassandra but is pulled in to the conspiracy to end the world."
November 4, 2013
Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford and Suits recurring player Amanda Schull have been cast as the leads of 12 Monkeys, Syfy’s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight) has joined the project as executive producer/showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix) as director/executive producer. Produced by Universal Cable Prods. and the movie’s producer Atlas Entertainment, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of Cole (Stanford), a desperate and haunted time traveler from the post-apocalyptic near 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.
Schull, repped by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment, will play Cassandra Railly, a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett wrote the script and co-executive produce. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle executive produce. Filming is slated to begin in December in Detroit. Stanford is the second Nikita cast member to book a new project in light of the CW’s upcoming conclusion. Shane West was just set as the male lead on the WGN America series Salem.
October 7, 2013
Friday Night Lights alum Jeffrey Reiner, who directed the pilot for Caprica, is back at Syfy as director and executive producer of the network’s pilot 12 Monkeys, written on spec by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett based on the Terry Gilliam movie.
August 27, 2013
As reported by Deadline, the cabler has given a cast-contigent green light to a series adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, which starred Bruce Willis as a convict from a post-apocalyptic future sent back in time to acquire intel on a virus that will wreak havoc on humanity.
Brad Pitt costarred as a mental patient Willis’ character meets who may have ties to the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, a terrorist group believed responsible for the viral attack.
Filming on the pilot, which was penned by Terra Nova‘s Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, is set to begin in November, with 12 Monkeys movie producer Charles Roven on board as an EP.
July 23, 2013
One of our favorite dizzying, post-apocalyptic time travel flicks is getting reborn for the small screen.
Just as Brad Pitt was becoming a name actor in Hollywood, he co-starred with Bruce Willis in a twisted Terry Gilliam movie called 12 Monkeys. If you don't recall (or weren't alive in) 1995, the breakdown is as follows -- in a post-apocalyptic future, Bruce Willis is called upon to travel back in time, discover the cause of a cataclysmic, civilization-ending event, and prevent it from ever happening. The most likely cause of the apocalypse is an off-the-wall Brad Pitt and his radical animal-rights organization called the 12 Monkeys. The movie is very alinear, exceedingly trippy, and an absolute must-see for any science fiction fan.
And with that in mind, we're very excited to announce that SyFy is bringing the world of 12 Monkeys back, but for television this time. Chuck Roven will produce along with Richard Suckle who was also involved in the original film's production. This new incarnation of 12 Monkeys is being written as a 90-minute backdoor pilot which will, hopefully, lead to a full series. It's being written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, both of whom worked on Nikitaand Terra Nova.
President of original programming, Mark Stern, says, "We have a great pilot, we're now flushing out what the rest of the series might be." And, without a doubt, there's a lot to play with here. 12 Monkeys, as a movie, only barely scratched the surface of that post-apocalyptic world. Plus, spoiler alert, the film doesn't exactly end on a happy, world-saving note. A lot like the Terminator franchise, that devastating future still looms large.
The 12 Monkeys TV show along with Helix will join the already successful new Syfy original, Defiance.