During an online chat with readers of The Guardian, Monty Python member and director Terry Gilliam mentioned that a television series based on his 1981 film Time Bandits is a “possibility.” The question came from reader Stephen Smith who asked,
With all the difficulties surrounding the film industry – tax brakes, remakes, super hero monopolies and general lack of imagination –, are you looking to TV or any of the online content providers as potential outlets for your brand of film making?
To which Gilliam replied,
Yes I am! 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.
Gilliam has an existing deal with Amazon, so it is likely the series would appear on that company’s Amazon Prime Video platform.
photo via Time Bandits