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Apple May Turn Fantasy 80s Movie 'Time Bandits' Into a TV Series

Apple is close to securing a deal for the rights to turn 1980s fantasy movie "Time Bandits" into a TV series, reports Deadline.

Directed by Terry Gilliam, "Time Bandits" featured the story of an imaginative 11-year-old boy, Kevin, who gets sucked into a fantastical adventure with a band of dwarves during the Napoleonic Wars in Italy.


Kevin and the dwarves travel through time using a magical map, visiting places like ancient Greece and the Titanic and fighting off an evil being intent on stealing the map for his own purposes.

The original film starred John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Kenny Baker, David Warner, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, and others.


According to Deadline, the new TV series based on the movie will be a co-production between Anonymous Content, Paramount Television, and Media Rights Capital. Gilliam is set to serve as a non-writing executive producer.

If Apple secures the rights to the "Time Bandits" TV spinoff, it will join the other more than a dozen television shows Apple has in the works, which span genres from drama to comedy to shows for children.

In other related news, comedy writer Regina Hicks has signed on to be a co-showrunner for Apple's upcoming animated television show "Central Park" alongside Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad.

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20 weeks ago
Oh god, don't ruin Time Bandits. That movie is great.
Rating: 33 Votes
20 weeks ago
I saw Time Bandits in the theater when it was released. I very much enjoyed the movie, but it does not need to be remade. It certainly should not be remade into TV series.

It was an endearing movie, but very much a one-shot deal.
Rating: 14 Votes
20 weeks ago
It's evil! Don't touch it!
Rating: 12 Votes
20 weeks ago

Next thing they’re going to ruin is The Goonies.


How is making a spin-off TV series ruining a movie that already exists?
Rating: 9 Votes
20 weeks ago

Shees relax and enjoy the ride

I'm relaxed. There's simply nothing to "enjoy" from a cynical money-grab.
Rating: 8 Votes
20 weeks ago
Lack if writing ideas, so someone says hey let’s make a remake of this and let’s remake that...
Rating: 7 Votes
20 weeks ago

It is the (edit to change middle to first) first segment of Terry Gilliam's "Three Ages of Man" trilogy, consisting of Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen


That's just an affectation on Gilliam's part. It's not a "trilogy" in the sense of a three part connected narrative. Additionally, since Gilliam is an executive producer on this TV series, apparently he disagrees with you on the integrity of this so-called "trilogy" being violated. Since he's the one who labeled it a "trilogy" in the first place, that's his right.
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Oh god, don't ruin Time Bandits. That movie is great.



Yes, I understand that, as part of the deal, they are going to pull all the DVD copies of the original film and deface them with spray paint. They will be ruined, absolutely. But, Terry Gilliam is behind this, so I think it his right to do with his artistic creation as he will.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 weeks ago

No. Just no.

There is absolutely no reason to call this series “Time Bandits”. Just make a generic time traveling series featuring little persons and have at it. Time Bandits is part of a trilogy and needs to be left alone.


Shees relax and enjoy the ride
Rating: 6 Votes
20 weeks ago
Oh god please do this
Rating: 5 Votes
20 weeks ago

I'm usually loathe to see a great film turned into a television show, but I think Time Bandits has the potential to make for an awesome series, and the plot possibilities are endless. I hope they keep the same dark, satiric timbre that made the movie so funny and smart. Fingers crossed.

No. Just no.

There is absolutely no reason to call this series “Time Bandits”. Just make a generic time traveling series featuring little persons and have at it. Time Bandits is part of a trilogy and needs to be left alone.
Rating: 4 Votes

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