The First Look at SyFy’s 12 Monkeys [WATCH VIDEO]

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
The First Look at SyFy’s 12 Monkeys [WATCH VIDEO]
Aaron Stanford at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

Remakes and reboots are everywhere, from book adaptations to old television shows. In January 2014, SyFy will delight viewers as they gear up for the challenge of turning the Terry Gilliam’s science fiction movie, “12 Monkeys,” into a series. Just a few days ago, they have released the first teaser trailer that gives us an exclusive sneak peek into what to expect for the series. Read further to watch the “12 Monkeys” teaser trailer and to learn more about the upcoming series.

The original movie was released in 1995 and was based on the book “Le Jatee” by Chris Marker. Set in a dystopic future, James Cole, portrayed by Bruce Willis, goes back in time in order to discover the origins of the deadly virus that resulted in the annihilation of more than half of the earth’s population. The film also starred Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s co-executive producer, Terry Matalas, warns viewers not to expect it to be just a remake, as there will be notable differences between the show and the film — it will be a reimagining. He goes on to say that the television series will be similar in tone with the movie, but there will be some differences in the characters.

The show will star Aaron Stanford (Seymour Birkhoff from “Nikita,” Pyro from “X2” and “X-men: The Last Stand”) as James Cole and Amanda Schull (“Nikita,” Katrina Bennet from “Suits“) as Dr. Cassandra Reily. Also joining them in the cast is Noah Bean, another co-star from “Nikita.”

The series will have James Cole going back in time to 2015, our ‘present’ and his ‘past’, in order to prevent the virus outbreak from ever happening. To do this,  he enlists the aid of Dr. Cassandra Reily, who allegedly sent Cole on this mission. Together, they must find and locate Dr. Frost, someone who has a lot to do with the outbreak in the future.

In an exclusive interview with’s Fred Topel, Stanford opened up a little to give us a little more to go on with regarding his character and with the show. He clarifies that there will definitely be a lot of time traveling involved, but at the same time, that also includes a whole new set of complications and paradoxes. He also revealed that his version of Cole has a very different mission, as he was sent back to prevent the outbreak from happening, while Bruce Willis’ Cole was just an observer.

If it gives any indication, the teaser for SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” looks promising with its post-apocalyptic setting, time traveling and paradoxes, gritty science fiction, and plenty of action. Definitely, this series is one to look out for when January 2015 comes.

The first season of “12 Monkeys” is slated to premiere in January 2015, with a 13-episode run. It will air on the SyFy Channel.

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.