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Apple wants to make Time Bandits into a TV series

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Terry Gilliams’ Time Bandits remains one of the most pleasantly weird movies of its generation (alongside just about everything else Terry Gilliam did in the 1980s), telling a sprawling story about an imaginative little kid who gets sucked into the—honestly, fairly crappy—adventures of a bunch of laid-off low-level angels and their magical, universe-spanning map. Also, it remains one of film’s finest primers on what to do if you find a piece of pure, unadulterated evil in your toaster oven:

Now, it sounds like Apple wants to put itself in the Time Bandits business, with Deadline reporting that the tech company is pursuing the rights to a TV show based on Gilliam’s 1981 odyssey. This isn’t the first time the idea’s been raised—Gilliam himself suggested such a series, which would presumably build on the episodic nature of the film, was in the works, potentially as part of his old content deal with Amazon—but it does seem a little more concrete this time around.


The series is reportedly being developed by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital, with Gilliam himself in a non-writing executive producer role. The real challenge for the project, of course, will be matching the original’s tone, a mixture of bitter cynicism, screwball comedy, and outright wonder that was a key component of what made Gilliam such a visionary in his prime, and which has been so lacking—in his work, and others’—in the decades since.

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