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March 12, 2015


12 Monkeys Renewed for Season 2


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


Source: TVLine

‘12 Monkeys’ Picked Up To Series At Syfy

April 4, 2014


‘12 Monkeys’ Picked Up To Series At Syfy


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.


Source: deadline

Noah Bean In Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’

November 22, 2013


Noah Bean In Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’


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."


Source: Deadline




Aaron Stanford & Amanda Schull To Topline Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’ Pilot, Jeffrey Reiner To Direct, Natalie Chaidez To Showrun

November 4, 2013


Aaron Stanford & Amanda Schull To Topline Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’ Pilot


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.


Source: DeadLine

12 Monkeys

October 7, 2013



Jeffrey Reiner Pilot Director for Syfy's 12 Monkeys



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.


Source: DeadLine

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August 27, 2013


Syfy Orders 12 Monkeys Pilot By Terra Nova Duo


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.


Source: TVLine

July 23, 2013


Time-traveling classic 12 Monkeys may soon be a Syfy TV series


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.


Source: Blastr

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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Friday, 04 April 2014 23:56)

    I'm afraid they will use the usual trick: bring them in the present and then make a series in the present which quickly will deteriorate into one more action show and an excuse for real science fiction.. Not so interesting

  • #2

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:43)

    I understand what you are saying, perfectly understandable, we have been duped too many times last few years.

  • #3

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 05 April 2014 14:22)

    Personally i love time travel but i believe that it it works only in episodes (single or double) i don't believe that time travel series work because they will either do what i sai before or the wy will become a mess of mysteries and questions that will never be answered, Anyway why not do something original and not a series which is a movie remake?

  • #4

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 05 April 2014 14:44)

    They did! Last year they had create a pilot for a possible tv series "Rewind". I thought the pilot was fairly original, not going directly back to the period something happened but went back even further in time to prevent it by removing the possible thread before it could begin.

    Sadly Syfy decided not to pick it up. I think you are correct though, it can work fine with one or two episodes, it could become messy indeed when it's a tv series in which time travel happens on a weekly basis.

  • #5

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:06)

    unless they open the series into a travel through space and time, past, present and future like doctor who. But here since they are based on an an existing movie they have already limited themselves: they have only two options they will either change the past=trivial happy ending, or the will not change it in which case the will just stretch the movie into two 1 or 2 boring seasons.

  • #6

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 05 April 2014 17:34)

    You are not making me happy! :-)

  • #7

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Sunday, 06 April 2014 14:08)

    I'm sorry for that!!i suppose i'm still angry with syfy because they abandoned High Moon which i found much more interesting. But beyond that how many times can the "go back in time to prevent world wide disaster" premise be used and still be interesting?

  • #8

    SF Series And Movies (Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:50)

    I too was hoping for High Moon, or Clandestine, Defender but Syfy seems to lost it's nerve. We can only hope they will surprise us with 12 Monkeys although I agree with you, why not something original!

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