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Original Director Terry Gilliam Says SyFy 12 Monkeys TV Series Is Dumb


SyFy recently announced a television series adaptation for the 1995 12 Monkeys feature film which starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

A series pilot has been ordered with the cast to be announced with the new TV series coming to us from producer Charles Roven, known for The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel.

While SyFy named Terry Gilliam, director of the original 12 Monkeys movie, in their official press release, it turns out they never mentioned a thing to him.

Maybe because he thinks it’s a dumb idea.

Gilliam told ScreenDaily he is not involved with the 12 Monkeys TV series and offered some choice words.

“I know nothing about that. That’s just ridiculous,” Gilliam said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with me and no-one has contacted me.”

“It’s a very dumb idea. That’s what I think,” he continued. “If it was going to be any good it would have to be written by David and Janet Peoples, who wrote the film, otherwise it would just be another version of Time Bandits…”

Gilliam finished with a thought about his original 12 Monkeys flick.

“The script was just wonderful and the cast turned out to be just brilliant – and I didn’t fuck it up too badly,” he said.

Writers on the 12 Monkeys TV pilot are Star Trek Enterprise and Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.

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CapeTown Film Festival Full Line-Up Announced: Edgar Wright, Richard Donner, Leonard Nimoy & More

EW sent over the complete line-up for their upcoming CapeTown Film Festival.

We see Edgar Wright, director on the Ant-Man movie, will be there.

Also joining the previously announced special-guest with Kurt Russell is John Carpenter, Noah Whyle (Falling Skies), Neil Gaiman, Travis Knight, Richard Donner (Superman), Terry Gilliam, and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek).

See below for more.


Press Release




Complete Lineup Includes Screening Details and List of Special Guests

Seven Day Festival to Run April 30th – May 6th



(NEW YORK, NY) – April 5, 2013 – Entertainment Weekly today announced the complete lineup for the EW CapeTown Film Festival (CapeTown) in Los Angeles. The inaugural film festival, in conjunction with American Cinematheque and sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, will feature Sci-Fi, Superhero, and Fantasy screenings along with Q&A Panels and special guests including Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam and Edgar Wright.  The EW CapeTown Festival will run from Tuesday, April 30th through Monday, May 6th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. 

Tickets go on sale April 8th and can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028), on (theatre zip code 90028) or by calling 1-800-FANDANGO (Egyptian Theatre code: 2206).  A limited number of tickets will also be available during a special April 6 presale at the Egyptian Theatre box office for EW subscribers. Tickets will be sold only between noon and 5 p.m. to EW subscribers who bring 1) their photo I.D. and 2) a recent issue of EW with a subscription label on the cover that matches their I.D. The presale is also for American Cinematheque members with photo I.D.

The complete lineup is listed below:

EW CapeTown Film Festival Schedule of Events – Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles

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Tuesday, April 30

Special Announcement Coming Soon! 

Wednesday, May 1

7:30pm            Shaun of the Dead

                        Special guest: Edgar Wright

Thursday, May 2

7:30pm           The Thing

                       Special guest: John Carpenter

Friday, May 3

7pm                 Escape from New York

                        Special guest: Kurt Russell

                        Bonus! Advance Screening of TNT’s Falling Skies Season 3 Premiere (show premieres June 9th)

                        Special guest: Noah Wyle                   

Saturday, May 4

“May the 4th Be With You” Celebration

10am              Return of the Jedi – INVITATION ONLY

  2pm              Return of the Jedi

  6pm              Return of the Jedi

10pm              Return of the Jedi

Sunday, May 5

10am               Despicable Me

1pm                 Coraline

                        Special guests: Neil Gaiman and Travis Knight

4pm                 The Goonies

                        Special guest: Richard Donner

8pm                 Twelve Monkeys

Special guest: Terry Gilliam

The evening with Terry Gilliam is co-presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

Monday, May 6

7:30pm            Star Trek (2009)

                        Special guest: Leonard Nimoy

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