I love the Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys. I have done since I first saw it. There’s a quiet beauty to it, which is part of Gilliam’s style, but also the same sort of time-travel symmetry which has made me such a long-time fan of Robert Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies”.
So, with this sort of an investment in the source material, a TV series based on the film is both a tough and an easy sell to me.
Easy, because why wouldn’t I want to revisit the concept in a different form? Hard, because if you f**k this up, SyFy, I’m going to be coming for you.
On a serious note, I can see many ways that this could go right, and more that it could go wrong. Remaking old entertainment media is a risky business anyway, but if Battlestar Galactica taught us anything it’s that at the right time, in the hands of the right person, you can remake something classic and beloved new and relevant again.
Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.
This week’s heresy:
“In his recent derisory comments about Terry Gilliam’s approach to making Watchmen, Zack Snyder exposes his tin ear for film as a greater art form, an also the arrogance which poisons his own works.“