Terry Gilliam is Working on a TIME BANDITS TV Series
One of my favorite movies to watch when I was a kid was Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits. I watched that movie all the time, and it’s still something I enjoy. I loved the fantastic universe that it's set in, and the characters are fun as hell.
During an online Q&A that took place on The Guardian, the director revealed that he is looking at developing a TV series based on Time Bandits! I never thought anything like that would happen, and the possibility is exciting. Here’s the comment that Gilliam made:
“We are involved in two possibilities — one, a TV series based on Time Bandits, another based on a script by Richard LaGravanese and I wrote after Fisher King, called The Defective Detective. We’re currently adapting a two hour film into a six hour series. It’s about a middle aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child’s fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply. The best way to kill a dragon is no longer a gun, but a tree branch you think is a sword.”
With Gilliam behind the development of this Time Bandits project, it could be pretty fantastic. The fact that Gilliam is behind the development of the series makes the whole thing very promising. I wish he would have offered more details on what he’s planning, but that will all come if Gilliam actually ends up moving forward with it. As for The Defective Detective, that sounds like it could make for an awesome series as well.
Back in 2011, there was talk of a remake without Gilliam, but thankfully that didn’t happen. The only reason I’m in support of this series is because of Gilliam’s involvement. What are your thoughts on a possible Time Bandits TV series?