Syfy debuted a trailer for its series version of Terry Gilliam's iconic movie "12 Monkeys" at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, and now it's available for everyone else online. The 1995 head-tripper of a movie starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt, and was an instant classic.
In Syfy's "12 Monkeys," Aaron Sanford ("Nikita") plays Cole, a convict sent back in time to try to prevent a deadly plague. Amanda Schull ("Suits") steps into Stowe's role as Dr. Railly. There doesn't seem to be a Brad Pitt stand-in (yet). Co-executive producer Terry Matalas told critics that the series would be a "completely reimagining."
"We didn't want to just redo what the movie does," Matalas said. "We changed the rules in the movie. Can't actually change time, and here you can.
Well, the trailer (which probably only encompasses the pilot) pretty much looks like the movie. Then again, series can evolve quite a bit from the pilot -- think about how much better "Parks and Recreation" is now than it was at the beginning.
Plus, the series only just began shooting and won't premiere until January 2015. So there's no need to go back in time in this case; the future still awaits.