SyFy has announced their intention to adapt the classic Terry Gilliam time-travel movie 12 Monkeys (which itself was adapted from a French short film) into a TV series. 12 Monkeys starred Bruce Willis as a working class man from a distopian future who is sent back to our present to track down the source of a pandemic that destroyed civilization. Unfortunately for him, the time travel technology is less than perfect.
SyFy will be producing a backdoor pilot written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova). A ‘backdoor pilot’ is a TV movie that is mostly self-contained, but leaves a ‘backdoor’ open for the story to be continued as a series, should the pilot be well-received.