SYFY GREENLIGHTS TIME TRAVEL DRAMA "12 MONKEYS" TO SERIES WITH 12 EPISODE ORDER
ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT, PRODUCER OF THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL FILM, IS PRODUCING WITH UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
SERIES STARS AARON STANFORD, AMANDA SCHULL, NOAH BEAN AND KIRK ACEVEDO WITH NATALIE CHAIDEZ AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/SHOWRUNNER
NEW YORK - April 4, 2014 - Syfy is giving a series greenlight to 12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. Syfy is ordering 12 episodes in addition to the pilot which was filmed last year. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical.
Said Dave Howe, "'12 Monkeys' is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects including the recently announced event series 'Ascension' and the second season renewal of 'Helix' from Ron Moore."
12 Monkeys, starring Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas's executive on the series. Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), writers of the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers with Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed and served as Executive Producer on the pilot.
The drama is slated to premiere in January of 2015.
Atlas Entertainment, led by founder Charles Roven, produces blockbuster films as well as critically acclaimed features. Atlas Entertainment's films have generated billions of dollars in revenues. Atlas Entertainment is in production on the highly anticipated feature film Warcraft from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures directed by Duncan Jones. Also upcoming, Roven is producing Zack Snyder's Untitled Superman/Batman film for Warner Bros. Atlas Entertainment most recently collaborated with David O. Russell on the critically acclaimed box office hit American Hustle which has grossed more than 250 million dollars in worldwide box-office. Among its many accolades, the film won 3 BAFTA awards, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (R) including a Best Picture nomination for Atlas' producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle. It also received seven Golden Globe(R) nominations, winning 3 including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces "Covert Affairs," "Psych," "Playing House," "Royal Pains" and "Suits" for USA; "Defiance," "Dominion" and "Warehouse 13" for Syfy, and "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
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