Apple is bringing Time Bandits to the small screen. Terry Gilliam's sci-fi flick is being turned into a TV series as part of Apple's increasing quest to become a major player in the original content game. They've still got a long way to go, but this latest addition to their lineup isn't a bad way to go about it. The series is set to be a co-production between Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital, according to a new report from Deadline.
Details are pretty scarce right now. There's no word on casting, when production could get going and who is going to be in charge creatively. Terry Gilliam, who directed the movie, is set to be credited as a non-writing producer. That means he may have some level of input but ultimately won't be at the forefront, in terms of the creative decision making. It's more likely that he's receiving a credit in the same way that Stan Lee is still credited as an executive producer on the MCU movies. Point being, Gilliam won't be in the driver's seat. A yet-to-be-determined man or woman has that task ahead of them.
Time Bandits was originally released in 1980 and is critically-heralded. The movie centers on young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) who can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.
The original movie actually has a pretty interesting production history. Time Bandits was produced by Handmade Films, the company co-created by the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Denis O'Brien. Their first movie was Life of Brian, also made by Terry Gilliam with his Monty Python crew. Handmade Films ultimately found themselves in a great deal of debt, with Harrison during O'Brien after the company went under. The company produced other movies such as Mona Lisa and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, with Time Bandits going on to become a cult favorite.
Apple is said to be spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 billion on content in 2018 in order to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. They recently closed a deal with Oprah to create content for them, which was a huge get. They've also been developing an Amazing Stories reboot, in addition to James Corden's Carpool Karaoke series, which expands upon the popular segment from his late night show. At the moment, there's no indication as to when this Time Bandits TV series may actually make it to air but we'll be sure to keep you up to date with new developments as they arise. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline.