Time Bandits TV Series Heading to Apple

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Over the last couple of years, Apple has slowly been getting into the original content game, putting a handful of projects into development in the hopes of eventually competing with Netflix and Amazon. The only ones that have actually seen the light of day so far are Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke: The Series… neither of which were particularly well-received. However, there are some promising ones in the oven right now including Amazing Stories, Foundation and Little America not to mention new projects from M. Night Shyamalan and Damien Chazelle. Now they’ve got one more to add to the list: a TV series based on Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Deadline, Apple is in the process of acquiring the rights to turn Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film Time Bandits into a TV series. The show would be a co-production between Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital with Gilliam on board as an executive producer. No word yet on who will be taking the reins creatively.

The original film follows an imaginative 11-year-old boy named Kevin who finds himself whisked away on a series of adventures with six dwarves who fall out of his closet one night. They are former employees of the Supreme Being who have stolen a map, using it to travel through holes in the spacetime fabric in search of treasure. Obviously this is a perfect fit for episodic television and, assuming they keep it family-friendly enough, it could probably appeal to a pretty wide audience. Are you interested in a Time Bandits TV series?

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  • Lori Cerny

    Definitely. The film is still so magical, charming, and bizarre that it made me want to spend more time in that world. ( I think this about every Gilliam film, though. ) However, with Gilliam attached, will this project ever come to fruition?