Syfy has given a cast-contingent pilot order to 12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 sci-fi film directed by Terry Gilliam. The project is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original movie.
Like the film, which starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe, 12 Monkeys 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.
Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita) wrote the pilot script and will serve as co-executive producers. Charles Roven, who produced the film, will also be an executive producer. Production is set to begin in November.