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
In their short film “Cats of the Urban Wild“, reporter Sky Dylan-Robbins of The New Yorker takes a closer look at the ever-growing feral cat population in New York City and the incredible humans who take humane action to try to quell the flow. Cat expert Anitra Frazier emphasizes the important differences between feral and domestic cats.
Feral cats think of themselves as prey. They behave as if any creature would like to catch and kill them and eat them for dinner. There’s no difference, anatomically, biologically between Chumley [a domestic cat] here and a feral cat. It’s in their mind. Chumley loves his home, a feral doesn’t want to be in a home. A feral thinks of himself as either predator or prey.
Currently, there is a bill in New York State awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature which would help fun T.N.R. projects and save the feral cat population from being euthanized.
The Watercooler‘s adorable little Welsh corgi named Wally models the full array of signature costumes worn by all 13 incarnations of Doctor Who, replete with a celery stalk (the 5th Doctor), a multi-colored scarf (the 4th Doctor), sonic screwdrivers and the beloved current Gallifreyan’s electric guitar (the 12th Doctor).
HDoctor Who is the longest running science fiction show ever. In the five decades since it first aired, its main character has worn many different costumes and had many different faces. …Why dress up a corgi as the Doctor? Because corgis are cool.
image via Wally the Welsh Corgi