Syfy has ordered a pilot for 12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Brad Pitt film of the same name. According to Syfy’s announcement, 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.
The plot synopsis for the original 12 Monkeys film is a bit more interesting and sheds more light on what Syfy may be planning to do with the series as a whole:
An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he’s told was spread by a mysterious “Army of the Twelve Monkeys”) and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.
We’re betting that Syfy will bring the film’s back-in-time setting to modern day and will avoid the cliched zombie result of the lethal virus, instead opting for a post-apocalyptic approach to the story.
The pilot order means that Syfy may or may not move ahead with an entire series, and instead has ordered only a pilot. The pilot’s screenplay was written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, both the creators behind the short-lived Terra Nova, and will be produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Richard Suckle.
Here’s the trailer for the 1995 12 Monkeys film:
Filming for the pilot will begin in November, and no cast announcements have been made. If the show is picked up, it’s likely it would be a mid-season or summer 2014 show for Syfy.