Terry Gilliam Thinks a '12 Monkeys' TV Series Is Dumb, Plus: Watch a Clip from His New Film 'Zero Theorem'

Terry Gilliam Thinks a '12 Monkeys' TV Series Is Dumb, Plus: Watch a Clip from His New Film 'Zero Theorem'

Sep 03, 2013

Terry GilliamHollywood is often a land where people put a good spin on everything. Stars go on junkets talking up movies they know aren’t entertaining. Directors (usually) seem okay with the idea of someone remaking their classic films, and so on. So it’s refreshing when someone actually comes out and speaks candidly about why they think something is a bad idea. Enter Terry Gilliam.

Syfy, home of such quality entertainment as Sharknado, has announced plans to turn Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys into a weekly dramatic series and has ordered a pilot episode. Gilliam is none too impressed with this idea.

When website Screen Daily chatted with the director, whose new film Zero Theorem debuted at the Venice Film Festival yesterday, he had this to say on the topic:

I know nothing about that. That’s just ridiculous. 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. 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.”

While I understand Gilliam’s feelings, I’m not entirely convinced a series about a man sent back to the past to find out the origins of a man-made virus that wipes out the bulk of humanity is a terrible idea for a show – but really, they should have just gone in their own direction with the story rather than base it on the film. Production on the 12 Monkeys series is slated to start in November.

Speaking of Zero Theorem, a new clip is out to promote the film’s Venice debut – a clip you can check out below.

The feature stars Christoph Waltz as a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life in Gilliam’s vision of our not-too-distant future. The clip is very cool – I especially liked the bit with the Church of Batman the Redeemer. Could totally see that happening…

Gilliam released a statement about his goals and motivations for the project.

"When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then.  The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now.

"Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many pertinent questions raised in his funny, philosophic, and touching tale.

"For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever find solitude in an increasingly connected, constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?

"We’ve tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, smart and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love; peopled with captivating characters, mouthfuls of wise and witty dialogue; raising questions without offering easy answers.  Hopefully, it’s unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders, no aliens or gigantic explosions.  Actually, I might have lied about that last item.

"Having not worked with a budget this small for several decades, I was forced to work fast and instinctively, pressured only by the lack of time and moneyhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png.  We relied on the freedom to spin on a dime, to make outrageous creative leaps. The results surprised even me.  I’m proud to have been part of The Zero Theorem."

 

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