Apple is going full steam ahead in hiring big names, both in front of and behind the camera, for a slew of television content they have in development. The latest is Taika Waititi. The cult classic Time Bandits is currently in development at Apple and they’re bringing in Waititi to co-write and direct the pilot. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching the Terry Gilliam classic, then go find it. Now!
Time Bandits is a dark, irreverent adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of our dreams. It follows the time-traveling adventures of an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who, one night, stumbles on six dwarfs who emerge from his closet. They are former workers of the Supreme Being who have stolen a map that charts all the holes in the space-time fabric, using it to hop from one historical era to the next in order to steal riches. Throughout the movie, they meet various historical and fictional characters, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Robin Hood, while the Supreme Being simultaneously tries to catch up to them and retrieve the map. (~Deadline)
Waititi has been tearing it up in cinemas and on television lately. He had a huge hit with Thor: Ragnarok and his awesome cult hit film, What We Do in the Shadows is headed to television. He’ll also be directing for Disney+’s Star Wars series, The Mandalorian and his film Jojo Rabbit comes out in fall. He obviously has a love for genre but his resume also contains thoughtful and darkly humorous films such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople. His love of genre, his ingenious grip on comedy and his fearlessness in handling darker material make him the perfect person to take on the Terry Gilliam classic.
If this series makes it to the small screen, I just hope they are able to fit in this quote from Evil:
If I were creating the world I wouldn’t mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o’clock, Day One!
Time Bandits is being produced by Paramount TV, Anonymous Content and Media Rights Capital. In addition to directing and co-co writing the pilot, Waititi will executive produce alongside Terry Gilliam and Dan Halstead.