12 Monkeys is a tv series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature film of the same name. The movie starred Bruce Willis as James Cole, a convicted criminal in a post-apocalyptic future where the Earth’s population is forced to live underground after a deadly virus. In a bid to earn a pardon, Cole uses the imperfect science of time travel to help collect information on the virus released by the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. Feature film producers Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle of Atlas Entertainment — one of the production companies on board the Universal film — submitted the pitch, which is being eyed as a 90-minute backdoor pilot that would eventually lead to a straight-to-series order in a fashion similar to Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica. Terry Matalas (Nikita, Terra Nova, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Travis Fickett (Nikita, Terra Nova) will pen the script, with 24′s Jon Cassar on board to direct the project, which hails from Universal Cable Productions.
Season 1, Episode 1 – “Splinter”
A drama based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi adventure begins when a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future arrives in the year 2015 on a mission to save mankind from a deadly plague that will eventually decimate 93.6% of the human race.
Season 1, Episode 2 – “Mentally Divergent”
Cole’s search for information about a mysterious organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys leads him to a mental institution in 2015, where there’s a patient who holds the key to the plague that will destroy the world. Meanwhile, Dr. Railly risks her life and disrupting the course of history to help Cole.
Season 1, Episode 3 – “Cassandra Complex”
Cole’s search for the location of the virus leads him to 2014, and to a devastating moment in Dr. Railly’s life involving a dangerous outbreak in Haiti.
Season 1, Episode 4 – “Atari”
A fight for the future ensues when a dangerous band of marauders hunting for Cole and Ramse threaten the mission to save the past.