12 monkeys is an american television series on syfy created by terry matalas and travis fickett. It is a science fiction mystery drama with a time traveling plot loosely adapting the 1995 film of the same name, which was written by david and janet peoples and directed by terry gilliam, itself being inspired by chris markers 1962 featurette la jetée the series credits marker and both peoples for their original works.
The genesis of 12 monkeys came from executive producer robert kosberg, who had been a fan of the french short film la jetée (1962). Kosberg persuaded the films director, chris marker, to let him pitch the project to universal pictures, seeing it as a perfect basis for a full-length science fiction film. Universal reluctantly agreed to purchase the remake rights and hired david and janet peoples to write the screenplay.
The plots a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
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