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12 Monkeys Writer Talks About How The Series Will Reimagine The Film
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.15.2014

While at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, 12 Monkeys co-Executive producer/writer Terry Matalas spoke about how the Syfy TV series will reimagine Terry Gilliam's 1997 film. Here are highlights:

On reimagining the original: "I think it's a complete sort of reimagining. We were all very, very big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for that material. So when we came together with [EP] Richard [Suckle] and talked about this, we didn't want to just re-do what the movie does. We changed the rules in the movie. [In the movie] you can't actually change time, and here you can. So everything from the top down changed, from Cole's character to Dr. Railly's character [played by Amanda Schull] to some new characters, Ramse [played by Kirk Acevedo] and Aaron [played by Noah Bean]. So the story, while it has a lot of the same themes, it's very different."

On the fact that it will be clear that Cole is not crazy: "It would be pretty hard because we were following his point of view, and even in the original film some of the things we were seeing, it could have been suggested that it was part of his imagination, part of his psychosis, but we felt for the drive of really making this a thriller that the audience would identify more with Cole if we knew it was real."

On time travel in the series: "Something that we've always loved about the original film, was the fact that they're not good at the time travel, and that's something we're going to continue throughout the series. This is very much the Apollo program. It's dangerous. It's untested. They don't know exactly what they're doing, but to save the world with the time machine you have, not the one you want have to."


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