Taika Waititi Boards Apple's Time Bandits TV Series Adaptation

According to a new report, Taika Waititi -- who most recently received praise from audiences and critics alike for his work on Thor: Ragnarok -- is now attached to the Time Bandits series currently in development at Apple. Waititi will be co-writing and directing the pilot episode. He will also act as executive producer for the series alongside the co-writer, producer and director of the original film, Terry Gilliam.

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The Time Bandits film premiered in 1981 and centered on an 11-year-old boy named Kevin, who finds himself whisked away through time, exploring eras and places from ancient Greece to Napoleonic Italy. Although it sounds like a magical adventure, Time Bandits is in fact a dark exploration of escapism and the desire to break away from a frighteningly mad society, according to Gilliam.

The film was the first in a trilogy Gilliam called the "Trilogy of Imagination," comprised of Time Bandits, Brazil and finally The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, all of which explored the same theme from different perspectives.

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Apple acquired the rights to adapt Time Bandits for television in late 2018. The show will be produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. Few other details have been released, as the series is still in the early stages of development.

(via Deadline Hollywood)

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